During a campaign rally of the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) in Tagbilaran, Bohol the other day, President Duterte’s daughter raised the hand of Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco, introducing him as the next speaker.
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Now it’s Lord Allan Velasco as next speaker
Edith Regalado (The Philippine Star) - March 22, 2019 - 12:00am

DAVAO CITY, Philippines  —  Who’s really her choice for the next speaker of the House of Representatives? Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio is now keeping the public guessing.

During a campaign rally of the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) in Tagbilaran, Bohol the other day, President Duterte’s daughter raised the hand of Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco, introducing him as the next speaker.

“Ako ipailaila ninyo ang (I am introducing to you the) next Speaker of the House, Marinduque Rep. Lord Velasco,” Duterte-Carpio said.

Velasco, a member of President Duterte’s Partido ng Demokratikong Pilipino-Laban ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), has been a permanent fixture at HNP rallies held in various parts of the country, starting off with sorties in Luzon.

But he is not the only one who is presented that way, as the Davao City mayor also introduced Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez, a nephew of former first lady Imelda Marcos, as the next House speaker to succeed former president and Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Romualdez, who heads the local political party in Leyte, welcomed the presidential daughter and the HNP senatorial candidates during the rally in Tacloban City.

Although Carpio had called Velasco her bet for House speaker, she was quick to clarify that “the best time to talk about the speakership is after the election.”

Aside from Velasco and Romualdez, she is also close to former foreign affairs chief Alan Peter Cayetano and his wife Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano. Cayetano did not hide his desire for the speakership in the next Congress and had earlier announced his bid for the post.

Carpio said everyone she has endorsed is fit for the position of House speaker, but she also emphasized that Velasco has an advantage because he is a member of ruling party PDP-Laban.

PDP-Laban earlier said it was eyeing eight possible individuals as nominees for the next Speaker.

Carpio, who was instrumental in the unceremonious ouster of Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez from the speakership last year, has also made it clear that “anybody could be the next Speaker but not Alvarez.”

Now barnstorming key areas in the Visayas, HNP is scheduled to hold rallies in Cebu and Negros.

HUGPONG NG PAGBABAGO LORD ALLAN VELASCO MARTIN ROMUALDEZ SARA DUTERTE
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