Batangas City Lone District representative Marvey Mariño (inset) is the new chairman of House Committee on Civil Service.|TMA

Mariño replaces Ate Vi as chair of House Committee on Civil Service


COMMITTEE chairmanships in the House of Representatives passed from one hand to another, commonly based on the disagreements of the house leadership or party affiliation of whoever is stripped of the post and to whom the post is passed on.

But during the Wednesday night’s House session, lawmakers elected another Batangueño solon to be the new chairman of the House Committee on Civil Service and Professional Regulation.

Batangas City Lone District representative Mario Vittorio “Marvey” Mariño was elected new chairman of the panel replacing Lipa City’s Lone District representative Vilma Santos-Recto.

Its jurisdiction includes all matters directly and principally relating to the organization, operation, management, rules and regulations of the civil service; the status, welfare and benefits of government officers and employees; and the regulation of admission to and the practice of professions.

Santos-Recto, an award-winning actress, was among the House leaders who were kicked from their plum posts last March for refusing to back the passage of House Bill (HB) No. 4727 or the reimposition of death penalty on third and final reading.

It can be recalled that House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez had actually warned the House leaders about the consequences of not supporting the death penalty bill, which he described as the top priority measure of the Duterte administration.

Santos-Recto, or “Ate Vi” as her fans like to call her, is a former three-term governor of Batangas. Both Mariño and Santos-Recto are members of Liberal Party.

Reacting to questions after she was stripped of the chairmanship, the actress turn politician said she had been ready for her removal.

“Alam naman natin ‘yon because initially in-announce naman… Naka-psych na ‘yung utak ko for that. “Kung ano ‘yung pinaniniwalaan mo, I guess ‘yun lang naman ang importante,” she said.|#BALIKAS_News


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