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Duterte confident Congress will choose ‘excellent’ steward as House Speaker – Palace

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte believes the next House speaker will help shepherd his legislative agenda for the common interest and general welfare of the nation.

His spokesman Salvador Panelo issued this statement after Senator Manny Pacquiao, campaign manager of the PDP-Laban, announced that Rep. Lord Allan Velasco is the ruling party’s candidate for the speakership.

Duterte’s top legal counsel said Malacañang was “optimistic” that House members will support a candidate who can exercise “excellent stewardship” in legislating policies and measures that deliver genuine reform to improve the lives of Filipinos.

Duterte won’t mind any of the candidates securing the Speaker’s gavel because they are all his political allies, he added.

Panelo said the Chief Executive is the type of person who would “focus on the business of governance rather than play politics and ruffle the feelings of those outside of his preferred choice.”

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