Jockey for the House, Senate leadership begins

COMING SPEAKER Home majority chief Martin Romualdez and his nephew Ilocos Norte Rep.-elected Sandro Marcos attended a lunch assembly in Makati Metropolis on Saturday. —GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

MANILA, Philippines — Simply over six weeks earlier than the 18th Congress is lastly postponed, Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez seemed poised to grow to be the subsequent Speaker of the Home of Representatives.

Within the Senate, senators have refused to debate management of the chamber on the upcoming nineteenth Congress, however Senators Juan Miguel Zubiri, Cynthia Villar, and Sherwin Gatchalian are supposedly following the Senate presidency.

4 of the six key political blocs within the legislature supported Romualdez’s bid, and former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the re-elected consultant of Pampanga’s first district, additionally expressed assist.

Macapagal-Arroyo’s assist is important as a result of when representatives dismissed Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on the seventeenth Congress in 2018, he was elected Speaker and there was hypothesis that he was reconsidering the place.

Arroyo dispelled hypothesis by issuing a press release on Saturday.

“I assist the election of Majority Chief Martin Romualdez as Speaker of the Home on the subsequent Congress. I urge all members of our celebration to do the identical,” he stated, referring to Lakas-CMD, of which he’s the honorary chairman.

Apart from the Lakas-CMD, a number of different political blocs additionally supported Romualdez, the primary cousin of potential president Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

The Nationalist Individuals’s Coalition, Partido Federal Pilipinas, Laban Demokratong Pilipino and Hugpong Pagbabago additionally supported Romualdez.

“The Nacionalista Social gathering offers its full assist to Romualdez to grow to be the subsequent Speaker of the Home,” stated Camille Villar, re-elected Consultant of Las Pinas.

Romualdez additionally had the assist of the Social gathering-listed Coalition Basis Inc. (PCFI), which met at a restaurant in Makati Metropolis on Saturday to approve his bid to guide the Meeting.

Romualdez, spouse of Tingog Rep. Yedda Marie Romualdez and her nephew Sandro Marcos, son of the possible president elected as Ilocos Norte Consultant, have been additionally current.

Pictures launched by Lakas-CMD confirmed the younger Marcos shaking the hand of retired Electoral Commissioner Rowena Guanzon, for whom Pamilya, Pasyente, was on the Disabled Social gathering listing.

On the lunch assembly, 60 MPs from PCFI signed a press release of assist for Romualdez.

Within the Senate, senators have hesitated to speak in regards to the management of the meeting within the upcoming nineteenth Congress, however re-elected Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri, the present Senate majority chief, stated on Saturday {that a} supermajority can be doable.

A supermajority within the 24-member Senate should have the assist of no less than 16 senators whose management and Malacañang’s agenda can simply make any transfer.

“Now we have dedicated our assist to the brand new administration,” Zubiri stated.

Marcos Jr. Referring to the 31 million votes solid to vote, Zubiri stated “very massive mandate” is a powerful have to deal with the legislative agenda.

—WITH THE REPORT OF NESTOR CORRALES

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