by Ben Rosario
Two nominees of the Coalition of Associations of Senior Citizens were added to the rolls of members of the House of Representatives after taking their oath of office yesterday.
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez administered the oath of office of Reps. Francisco Datol Jr. and Milagros Aquino-Magsaysay, who represent the senior citizen group that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) proclaimed as among the winning party-list organizations in the 2016 national elections.
Datol and Magsaysay belong to feuding factions of the senior citizens party-list group that filed separate protests during the 2013 elections.
Datol and Amelia Olegario were top nominees of the faction headed by the former while Magsaysay belonged to the faction headed by former Rep. Godofredo Arquiza.
The unresolved poll protest in the 2013 elections resulted in the non-representation of the senior citizens organization during the 16th Congress.
Apparently learning from this experience, the two factions reportedly agreed to settle their differences and allow Datol and Magsaysay to represent the senior citizens sector in the legislative chamber.
The entry of the elderly sector’s representatives brought the total number of House members back 293.