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FIL (Tagalog):

 

Si Feliciano "Sonny" Belmonte Jr. ay isang politiko sa Pilipinas. Kilala ring bilang SB, sila ang kasalukuyang alkalde ng Lungsod ng Quezon (Quezon City). Ngayon, siya ang ngayong Ispiker ng Mababang Kapulungan ng Pilipinas.

 

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Feliciano "Sonny" Racimo Belmonte, Jr. (born October 2, 1936, in Manila) is a member of the Philippine House of Representatives representing the Fourth District of Quezon City. He is also the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Philippines from 2010 to present. He served as the Mayor of Quezon City from 2001 to 2010.

 

Political career

Belmonte began his government service as the presidential staff assistant of President Diosdado Macapagal. He also worked as a special assistant for the Commissioner of Customs, and as an executive assistant at the Central Bank of the Philippines.

 

Belmonte was first elected as member of the House of Representatives from Quezon City's fourth congressional district. He held his House seat for three consecutive terms, from 1992 to 2001. Belmonte was Speaker of the House of Representatives in 2001, and also served as House Minority Leader. In his first two terms, he was the Vice Chairman of the Committee on Appropriations.

 

Belmonte gained national prominence as the lead prosecutor in the impeachment trial of President Joseph Estrada. On January 20, 2001, during the EDSA Revolution of 2001, Estrada left the Malacañan Palace and Vice President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was sworn to the presidency at the EDSA Shrine by Chief Justice Hilario Davide. Accompanying Davide were the chairs of the two houses of Congress, Aquilino Pimentel and Fuentebella. Four days later, on January 24, the Arroyo allies mustered enough votes to unseat Fuentebella, replacing him with Belmonte.

 

Belmonte was a long-standing member of the administration Lakas-Kampi-CMD party from his first term in Congress in 1992 until November 2009, where he last held the position of senior vice president for externals. On November 19, 2009, he and his vice mayor, Herbert Bautista, were sworn in as members of the opposition Liberal Party.

 

House of Representatives and Speaker of the House (2010-present)

After serving as Mayor of Quezon City, Belmonte made a successful bid for a fourth term in the House of Representatives. At the opening of the 15th Congress, Belmonte was again elected as Speaker of the House, defeating Edcel Lagman of the former ruling par. y Lakas Kampi CMD, with a vote of 227-29. He succeeded Prospero Nograles, whose term had ended almost a month earlier.

 

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2011-05-10

updated: 2013-07-19

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