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PDP-Laban member kasi: Velasco has edge over rivals in House speaker race – Sara Duterte

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol – Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte admitted that Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Jay Velasco has the upper hand in the upcoming House Speakership race since he is a member of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino – Lakas ng Bayan (PDP Laban) party.

Duterte earlier introduced Velasco as the potential next House Speaker during the Hugpong ng Pagbabago’s (HNP) campaign caravan in Tagbilaran City.

The Presidential daughter said party member Velasco has the “advantage” compared to other frontrunners namely former Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez and former Foreign Affairs Sec. Alan Peter Cayetano.

“May advantage mga taga PDP because the party of the President is PDP Laban. May advantage talaga ang members ng PDP because as we all know, usually when elections happen majority talaga ang kailangan mo. So ngayon kasi ang majority nasa PDP,” she said.

The Hugpong campaign sortie in Bohol last Wednesday was the second time the Davao City mayor introduced son of retired Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco as the next leader of the Lower House.

Velasco was previously endorsed by President Duterte and his daughter Mayor Sara as the potential successor of House Speaker Gloria Arroyo.

Unlike Velasco, Romualdez and Cayetano are not members of the ruling party.

The former Leyte solon is the current president of the once powerful Lakas Christian-Muslim Democrats (Lakas-CMD) while the former chief diplomat is a member of the Nacionalista Party (NP) which are both coalition partners of PDP.

At the HNP rally in Tacloban City last Tuesday, the Davao City mayor also introduced Romualdez as the possible House Speaker. She did not raise Romualdez’s hand during the campaign rally, unlike the gesture she has shown to Velasco during the recent Bohol event.

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