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Para magkaalaman na! Velasco accepts Pacquiao’s dinner invite to resolve Speakership row in PDP

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POLITIKO - The bible of Philippine Politics

By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

Reelected Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco will attend next week’s private dinner meeting hosted by Senator Manny Pacquiao to finally resolve who among the three Speaker-wannabes within the ruling administration party, PDP Laban will be chosen as their bet in the hotly-contested Speakership battle.

In a text message sent to Poltiko, Velasco confirmed his attendance in the coming private talks set by Pacquiao in his Forbes Park residence sometime next week.

“Yes! (I’ll be there). Para malaman na natin kung sino ang susuportahan (ng partido),” said Velasco.

It was Pacquiao’s idea to bring Velasco and two other PDP aspirants for the House leadership in one table so that the Speakership will remain with the ruling party.

Pacquiao is reportedly concerned that their allies in the House of Representatives will be split among Velasco, reelected Pampanga Rep. Aurelio “Dong” Gonzales, and former House Speaker Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez.

Having PDP three contenders means a possible disaster for the party since there might be a possibility that the next House leader may come from another political entity.

Aside from the three members of the ruling party, two other prominent solons outsidet PDP are also vying for the Speakership namely, incoming Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez (Lakas-CMD) and Taguig-Pateros Representative-elect Alan Peter Cayetano.

Velasco on Friday just arrived from Singapore after he and his wife, Wen Velasco hosted a private birthday celebration for the President’s daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte at the Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa Resort in Sentosa Island last June 5.

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