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Congress to back most competent, experienced House Speaker – Villafuerte

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The Nacionalista Party has expressed its all-out support for the speakership bid of Taguig City Representative-elect Alan Peter Cayetano.

Nacionalista Party (NP) stalwarts Rep. Luis Raymund ”LRay” Villafuerte ( 2nd District, Camarines Sur) and Deputy Speaker Raneo Abu ( 2nd District of Batangas) affirmed the party’s commitment to support Cayetano in his bid to become Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Cayetano is the current Secretary General of the Nacionalista Party.

Villafuerte and Abu said the party backs Cayetano’s candidacy and are confident that their colleagues in Congress will support the “most qualified, most experienced and most competent” among the aspirants.

Senator Cynthia Villar, NP National Director, had earlier expressed support for the former Foreign Affairs Secretary who was President Rodrigo Duterte’s running mate in the 2016 elections.

Villar said all things being equal, the NP members in Congress will fully support Cayetano’s bid to become the next Speaker of the House of Representatives. They believe that as the President’s running mate, Cayetano best understands the President’s legislative agenda and, with his proven skills and competence, is the best person who can help the President push for them.

Villafuerte added the Nacionalista Party adheres to a “principled campaign” for speakership and expressed dismay about reports of vote-buying.

“We are dismayed by reports saying that that some of our colleagues engage in vote buying in their bid for speakership,” Villafuerte said.

“We are conducting regular meetings and consultations with the National Unity Party, Party-List Representatives and Congressmen from other political parties. They appreciate and shared Cong. Alan Peter Cayetano’s ‘principled way’ to the speakership. In fact, we are gaining traction fast despite reports of massive vote buying activities of other groups,” Villafuerte said. (PNA)

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