Blanco is House minority leader


Rep. Jonathan Blas T. Attao (R-Saipan) holds up a letter addressed to House Speaker Edmund S. Villagomez (R-Saipan), notifying him that the minority bloc has selected Rep. Ivan A. Blanco (R-Saipan), fourth from right, as the minority leader yesterday. The letter was signed by the nine minority members. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO)

The minority bloc in the House of Representatives chose Rep. Ivan A. Blanco (R-Saipan) yesterday as minority leader.

Rep. Angel A. Demapan (R-Saipan), who is the minority bloc’s spokesperson, said they are confident in Blanco’s skills and abilities to lead their team in the 22nd House.

“The minority bloc is looking forward to formulating our goals and objectives in our endeavor to help restore our economic footing following the immense challenges of the global pandemic,” Demapan said.

Demapan, who was nominated to the speakership last Tuesday, took himself out of the race after the voting deadlocked between him and Rep. Edmund S. Villagomez (Ind-Saipan). Blanco was then nominated for speaker. Rep. Ralph N. Yumul (R-Saipan) broke the tie, 11-9, when he voted for Villagomez.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at

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