Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) Chairperson and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said the installment of the next Speaker of the House of Representatives is not her call to make.
Duterte-Carpio made the statement following reports about her alleged endorsements of some Congressional bets as the next House Speaker.
During the Visayas leg of Hugpong’s campaign rally, she introduced former Leyte Representative Martin Romualdez as “the next Speaker of the House” in Tacloban City on March 20, and Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco during their campaign stop in Tagbilaran, Bohol on March 21.
Romualdez is running for Leyte first district Representative in the coming May Midterm polls. He is a nephew of former first lady Imelda Marcos and a known ally of incumbent House Speaker Gloria Arroyo.
Velasco, meanwhile, is the son of former Supreme Court Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco, Jr.
The Presidential daughter later clarified that the HNP was only supporting Romualdez’s and Velasco’s bids for the influential post like how they support former Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano who is also gunning for the House Speakership.
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“Walay choice of one but ang ginatan-aw namu kung kinsa ang supporter ni President Duterte because we need the House of Representatives to move towards the direction of the President,” the lady Mayor said at the sidelines of Hugpong’s campaign rally in Cebu on March 22.
(There is no choice of one but we are looking for those who support President Duterte because we need the House of Representatives to move towards the direction of the President)
When pressed if she sees term-sharing as a possible compromise between the contenders for Speakership, Duterte-Carpio said it is not her call to make.
“It’s for the congressmen to decide,” she said.
The Presidential daughter earlier said it is too early to talk about the Speakership because the elections have yet to take place.
Duterte-Carpio reportedly maneuvered the controversial ouster of Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez and the ascension of Pampanga Rep. Gloria Arroyo as House Speaker in July 2018. – Robie de Guzman (with details from Grace Casin)