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Paolo Duterte may succeed Castro as NUP President

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

National Unity Party (NUP) President and Capiz Rep. Fredenil Castro said Davao City Rep. Paolo Duterte may eventually replace him as party president.

In a shared message to members of the House media, Castro hinted “there is a good possibility” that President’s eldest son may succeed him as the leader of NUP.

“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 that Rep. Duterte will take his oath as member of NUP next Tuesday, August 6.

Rep. Duterte’s oath taking will reportedly take place at the Seda Vertis North Hotel in Quezon City.

Meanwhile, Castro refused to comment over reports that he is set to leave NUP due to irreconcilable differences with other party leaders, particularly its chairman, former Interior Sec. Ronaldo Puno.

Castro sometime in March announced that he is interested in seeking the House leadership of the 18th Congress, but Puno immediately dismissed the Capiz solon’s pronouncement and instead endorsed the speakership bid of House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano.

Castro later aligned with other confidante of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to support the speakership bid of now House Majority Floor Leader Ferdinand Martin Romualdez right after the 2019 mid-term polls last May.

The Capiz solon is reportedly eyeing to joined Romualdez’s Lakas-CMD party.

Castro recently has been busy helping the Leyte solon in dealing with other members of the House Committee on Rules—the panel he used to chair when he was still the Majority Floor Leader during the previous Arroyo speakership.

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