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NUP vows to uphold term-sharing deal for House Speakership

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

The leadership of the National Unity Party (NUP) has vowed to uphold the term-sharing deal brokered by President Rodrigo Duterte for the House leadership this 18th Congress.

“We are committed and firm in following of the President… we will continue to follow the guidance of the President in how he believed how Congress can be best helpful to him,” said NUP national chairman and former Interior Sec. Ronaldo Puno.

Puno made the statement amid reports House Deputy Speaker Paolo Duterte might seek the House leadership by the time Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano steps down as leader of the Lower House in sometime in September 2020.

Puno defended the President’s son from the malicious rumors, adding Rep. Duterte is not that ambitious to disobey his father’s prerogative on who will lead august chamber after 15 months—a position promised to Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco.

“From what I’ve seen of him, I don’t think has that kind of ambition,” said Puno.

Puno believed that Rep. Duterte “is happy on where he is” after being appointed as Deputy Speaker for Political Affairs.

“I think he is happy to be deputy speaker and participating in a new activity because this is something new to him also—dealing with national issues,” said Puno.

He added that the Davao City solon has traits of “becoming a good congressman” despite being new to national politics.

“People underestimate him because he’s a local politician, but I think he has good possibility of really being an influential member in Congress,” said Puno.

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