Pampanga 3rd District Representative Dong Gonzales said that there’s a multi-party support for Rep. Lord Velasco to become the next House Speaker.
60 PDP-Laban members have signed the manifesto of support for Velasco. Moreover, the partylist believes that another 10 people from the Liberal Party will also show support to the Partylist’s bet.
Gonzales stated that aside from PDP-Laban partylist, NPC Partylist, Northern Luzon bloc and other parties also show support for Lord on the Speakership race. Thus, the partylist has estimated more or less 200 supporters of Velasco.
Among the speaker candidates namely Alan Peter Cayetano, Bebot Alvarez, and Martin Romualdez, Gonzales said that the latter is the closest rival of Lord Velasco.
President Rodrigo Duterte, on the other hand, has mentioned term-sharing agreement between candidates Cong. Alan Peter Cayetano and Allan Lord Velasco, who are both PDP-Laban partylist members.
However, Duterte lately stated that Lord Velasco backed out from the agreement.
Gonzales said he did not know about the agreed term-sharing and added, “But on June 24, after the HNP Thanksgiving in Peninsula, in my understanding, that they had an agreement.”
“Then, Cong. Lord called for a meeting from the coalition — NPC, PDP, Northern Luzon bloc, and everyone who should be present in the meeting. Cong. Lord only asked for an advice, saying ‘Friends, do you agree that there will be a term sharing? For me to know what I should do,’” [translated] Gonzales told the host.
Then, after Velasco asked the coalition, according to Gonzales, other partylist said that they would rather go with the minority if there will be a term sharing. The Congressmen’s sentiment is that the speakership is only in the span of three years, so better yet not to have the term-sharing.
In addition, not all members of the PDP-Laban partylist agree to have a term-sharing, Gonzales said.
Gonzales was also asked if Velasco has preferred to listen to the members of the partylist rather than President Duterte’s idea of term-sharing.
“The signed manifesto states a full term of speakership and not term-sharing, so he probably listened to the Congressmen’s sentiments,” [translated] Gonzales answered.
The new House Speaker will be proclaimed on July 22.