By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN
Nearly two weeks after the opening of the 18th Congress, former House Majority Floor Leader and Capiz Rep. Fredenil Castro finally broke his silence and revealed that he already stepped down as president of the National Unity Party (NUP).
Castro said he resigned as NUP president “out of delicadeza” since he was one of those actively pushing for the speakership bid of now Majority Floor Leader Ferdinand Martin Romualdez (Leyte Province) prior to the “term-sharing” deal brokered by l President Duterte between House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco.
While Castro was busy campaigning for Romualdez, the party’s other top honchos led by their chairman former Interior Sec. Ronaldo Puno and party deputy secretary-general Brian Yamsuan actively rooted for Cayetano.
“Out of delicadeza, I have to resign as president and as NUP member because the party backed the speaker,” said Castro.
Castro and other party leaders led by Puno had an irreconcilable difference after supporting different bets for the House leadership.
The former Majority Floor Leader is reportedly eyeing to joined Romualdez’s Lakas-CMD party.
The Capiz solon earlier hinted “there is a good possibility” that President Duterte’s eldest son House Deputy Speaker Paolo Duterte who is about to take oath as the newest member of NUP might succeed him as the party president.
“I don’t think there is any violation of the party Charter,” said Castro.
Politiko earlier learned from another high-ranking NUP official who requested anonymity that Rep. Duterte will take his oath as member of NUP on Tuesday, August 6.
Rep. Duterte’s oath taking will reportedly take place at the Seda Vertis North Hotel in Quezon City.