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III. OFFICERS

Section 11. Election of Officers. The officers of the House namely the Speaker, the six (6) Deputy Speakers, the Secretary-General and the Sergeant-at-Arms shall be elected at the commencement of each Congress and whenever there is a vacancy.

At the commencement of each Congress, the Speaker shall be elected by a majority vote of all the Members and the Secretary General shall record the vote of each Member which shall be cast without explanation. Thereafter, the six (6) Deputy Speakers, the Secretary General and the Sergeant-at-Arms shall be elected in successive order by a majority vote of the Members present, there being a quorum.

Likewise, whenever there is a vacancy, the Speaker shall be elected by a majority vote of all the Members and the Secretary General shall record the vote of each Member which shall be cast without explanation. The six (6) Deputy Speakers, the Secretary General and the Sergeant-at-Arms shall be elected by majority vote of the Members present, there being a quorum.

Section 12. Term of Office. The officers shall hold office until the term of the Congress in which they were elected ends unless they resign, are removed from office, or are permanently incapacitated to perform their duties. The incumbent Secretary General and Sergeant-at-Arms at the close of a Congress shall, however, remain in office and, respectively, preside over and maintain order during the inaugural session of the succeeding Congress until after the election of a new Speaker.

Section 13. Vacancy. A vacancy is created whenever any of the officers dies, resigns, or is permanently incapacitated, or when the House declares any office vacant.

In case of death, resignation or permanent incapacity of the Speaker, an Acting Speaker chosen by a majority of the six (6) Deputy Speakers from among themselves, shall assume the duties of the Speaker until a new Speaker is elected. Should a day lapse without an Acting Speaker having been chosen by a majority of the six (6) Deputy Speakers, they shall proceed to choose an Acting Speaker by lot from among themselves.

In case of death, resignation or permanent incapacity of any of the Deputy Speakers, the Secretary General, or the Sergeant-at-Arms, the Speaker shall designate an Acting Deputy Speaker, Secretary General, or Sergeant-at-Arms until the election of a new Deputy Speaker, Secretary General, or Sergeant- at-Arms, as the case may be.

Except for the position of Speaker, any position may be declared vacant by a majority vote of the Members present, there being a quorum. The position of Speaker may only be declared vacant through nominal voting by a majority vote of all the Members. In cases when all offices are declared vacant, the incumbent Secretary General shall preside over the proceedings of the House only for the purpose and until the election of a new Speaker.

Section 14. Absence or Temporary Incapacity. In case of absence of any of the officers or temporary incapacity to perform the functions of their office, the following rules shall apply:

  1. The Deputy-Speaker chosen by a majority of the six (6) Deputy Speakers from among themselves shall assume the duties and powers of the Speaker when the latter is absent or temporarily incapacitated. Should a day lapse without an Acting Speaker having been chosen by a majority of the six (6) Deputy Speakers, they shall proceed to choose an Acting Speaker by lot from among themselves;
  2. The Speaker may designate a Member as acting Deputy Speaker who will assume the powers and duties of an absent or temporarily incapacitated Deputy Speaker until such time that the latter returns to office and resumes work;
  3. The Speaker may designate from among the Deputy Secretaries General an Acting Secretary General who will assume the duties and powers of the Secretary General until such time that the latter returns to office and resumes work; and
  4. The Speaker may designate an Acting Sergeant-at-Arms from among the senior officers of the Office of the Sergeant-at-Arms who will assume the duties of the Sergeant-at-Arms until such time that the latter returns to office and resumes work.

SOURCE: Committee on Rules