To break the deadlock, Rep. Angel Demapan withdrew from the  race Tuesday. Fellow Republican Ivan Blanco was then nominated for speaker.  In a roll-call vote, Independent Rep. Edmund Villagomez defeated Blanco 11-9. Republican Rep. Ralph Yumul voted for Villagomez. Republican Rep. BJ Attao was elected vice speaker unanimously. For the floor leader's position, the candidates were Yumul and Demapan. Yumul won 11-9. More details to follow.


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