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PDP-Laban to announce next House speakership bet this week

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Thursday, June 13th, 2019

The members of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) are leaving it to President Rodrigo Duterte as to who he will pick as the party’s bet for the Lower House Leadership.

Senator Manny Pacquiao said he will meet with the President before he flies for the United States on Saturday in preparation for his boxing match.

He said that he will ask the President to decide as to who the party’s candidate for the House Speakership in the 18th Congress should be.

Senator Pacquiao said, “kasi kung magsuggest ang pangulo ng hindi PDP, iyon saka ako magsa-suggest na kailangang PDP. Kasi PDP ang pangulo natin.

[Because if the President will suggest someone who is not (from) PDP, then I will suggest (to him) that it must be from PDP. Because our president is (from) PDP.]

The senator added that the party’s primary criteria for the next House leader are loyalty and his/her continued support to the programs of the president.”

Senator Pacquiao also responded to the criticisms thrown at him by House Minority Leader Danny Suarez, accusing him of meddling with the affairs of the Lower House.

This is in relation to the senator’s meeting with three aspirants for the House speakership.

“Hindi naman ako nakikialam. Nakikialam ako as kapartido PDP.  Kailangang ayusin talaga.  Kung siya ay PDP rin dapat tumulong rin siya para ayusin ang problema kasi kahihiyan ng partido yan kapag hindi nagkakaisa ang isang Partido. So iyon ang dapat isipin niya na disiplinahin natin,” Senator Pacquiao said.

[It’s not that I was meddling. I intervene as a member of the PDP. We need to iron things out. If he is a PDP member, he should also help to thresh the problem out because it will put the party in a bad light if we are not united. That’s what he should think about to discipline.]

The three aspirants from the ruling party are Davao del Norte Representative Pantaleon Alvarez, Pampanga Representative Aurelio Gonzales, and  Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco.

Other contenders are Leyte Representative Martin Romualdez of Lakas-CMD and Taguig City Representative Alan Peter Cayetano of the Nacionalista Party.

Senator Pacquiao said that he may announce their candidate for the House Speakership within this week. (with reports from Nel Maribojoc) /mbmf

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Pacquiao meets with Duterte on House speakership issue

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Friday, June 14th, 2019

(L-R) President Rodrigo Duterte and Sen. Manny Pacquiao | Courtesy : Sen. Manny Pacquiao’s Facebook page (March 28, 2018)

Senator Manny Pacquiao held a private meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday evening in General Santos City.

Here the two officials discussed about the ongoing Speakership tussle among three aspirants within the ruling PDP Laban party.

It is still uncertain, however, whether or not the Senator was able to convince the President to pick from their three party-mates the one who will start leading the House of Representatives next month.

Pacquiao is scheduled to fly to Los Angeles on Saturday for the continuation of his training camp for his upcoming welterweight championship showdown with Keith Thurman on July 20.

Senator-elect Bong Go was with the President in his meeting with Senator Pacquiao.

“Consult sino PDP candidate sa Speaker. Sabi ni boss (Duterte), he will get back to Pacman in the coming days and mag usap lang sila,” Go said.

Go added that it was Pacquiao who consulted President Duterte on the speakership issue.

Go said that the President promised Pacquiao that he will come up with his decision by next week.

Last Tuesday, Reps. Lord Allan Velasco (Marinduque), Aurelio “Dong” Gonzales (Pampanga), and former House Speaker Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez (Davao del Norte) held a close-door meeting at Senator Pacquiao’s residence in Dasmariñas Village.

This is to decide among themselves the candidate of the party for the House Speakership. The three, however, failed to reach a consensus.

Palace Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, however, reiterated on Thursday that the President will not meddle in the selection of the next House Speaker.

“The President will not interfere. He never endorsed,” Panelo added. /mbmf

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Palace hopes proposed emergency powers will pass in 18th Congress

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Monday expressed hope that the Duterte administration’s proposed emergency powers to solve the perennial traffic problems in Metro Manila will be approved in the next Congress.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the government remains hopeful that the proposal will hurdle the 18th Congress to ease the travel of commuters.

“Congress knows what is the problem so it should know what to do to respond to a situation. After all, they are there, just like the President, to serve the Filipino people and that includes putting the riding public in a convenient situation,” Panelo said in a Palace news briefing.

The measure seeking to grant President Duterte with emergency powers to combat traffic in Edsa, one of the country’s major thoroughfares, was stalled in the 17th Congress due to various issues.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade earlier hinted that the bill may be given another shot in the next Congress.

President Duterte earlier vowed to reduce the travel time from Cubao in Quezon City to Makati to five minutes by December this year.

However, Panelo did not elaborate on the chief executive’s plan.

 “Surprise! He has something on his sleeves,” he said. (with details from Rosalie Coz)

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Lacson to file resolution seeking vote of confidence on SP Sotto

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Friday, May 31st, 2019

Senator Panfilo Lacson

Senator Panfilo Lacson has drafted a resolution that aimed at assuring that Senate President Vicente Sotto III will keep his leadership in the Upper Chamber of Congress.

He said the idea came from Senator Manny Pacquiao.

“Actually, the idea was originally proposed by Sen Manny Pacquiao. The resolution to be routed is about a vote of confidence in the leadership of SP Sotto,” Lacson said.

He added that this move was prompted by the “insinuations made by Senators-elect Marcos and Tolentino for a leadership change for whatever motives they have — whether it’s posturing to get their desired committee chairmanships or serious attempts to elect a new Senate leader.”

Even Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri had also refused to further comment on the issue that floats the name of Senator Cynthia Villar in the Senate presidency.

“I won’t comment on the push for Senator Villar by the newly elected senators as I’m close to both Villar and Sotto. However, my last conversation with Tita Cynthia was that she was not interested. And, yes, I will sign the Manifesto for SP Sotto,” Zubiri said.

Villar had earlier on signified that she has no interest on the said position.

Read: Senate President Sotto still enjoys support of colleagues in 18th Congress

The minority, on the other hand, said they are not going to meddle on the issue.

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said the selection of the Senate President is in the hands of the majority bloc. (with reports from Nel Maribojoc) /mbmf

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