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Brian Yamsuan takes oath as Bicol Saro party-list rep

The House of Representatives on Wednesday welcomed a new member in Brian Yamsuan of Bicol Saro party-list.

Yamsuan took his oath before Speaker Martin Romualdez a day after the Commission on Elections announced that it had issued a certificate of proclamation to Yamsuan, who was named Bicol Saro's first nominee

The certification came after a letter from the House stated that former congressman Nicolas Enciso VIII had been removed from the party-list.

Apart from Yamsuan, the Comelec also named Lara Maria Villafuerte as the second nominee, Jocelyn Faustino Fortuno as the third nominee, Arron James Pagaduan as the fourth nominee, and Mac Arthur Cuison Samson Jr. as the fifth nominee.

Yamsuan previously served as House deputy secretary general under then Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano in the 18th Congress and is also the current secretary general of the National Unity Party (NUP).

A statement from the Bicol Saro party-list issued on Wednesday said that Yamsuan started his career in the office of the late Senator Edgardo Angara as a media and political affairs officer and further honed his skills as the chief of staff and head of the Media Relations and Accreditation Division in the Office of the Press Secretary under the late Rod Reyes and the late Ricardo "Dong" Puno during the administration of President Joseph Estrada, and later as chief of staff in the office of the late Senator Tessie Aquino Oreta.

Yamsuan was also the deputy media director during the late Fernando Poe Jr.'s presidential bid in 2004.

In 2006, Yamsuan was appointed assistant secretary for public affairs of the Department of the Interior and Local Government and served as a consultant in the Office of the Executive Secretary during the administration of the late President Benigno Aquino III. — VBL, GMA Integrated News