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PDP-Laban members ‘cross party lines’ to support me — Cayetano

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A group of PDP-Laban congressmen led by Representatives-elect Ronnie Zamora, Neptali “Boyet” Gonzales II, Abraham Tolentino, and Dan Fernandez have crossed party lines to support Taguig Rep.-elect Alan Peter Cayetano’s bid to become Speaker of the House of Representatives.

The former DFA secretary on Monday released a statement saying he had obtained the support of the PDP-Laban solons in spite of the fact that he belongs to the Nacionalista Party.

Zamora, of San Juan, said in the statement that he decided to support Cayetano because he is the “most qualified” among the Speaker aspirants.

Gonzales, of Mandaluyong, said the House would need a Speaker who is not just close to the President but also someone who has leadership capabilities and good public service track record.

Tolentino, of Cavite, and Fernandez, of Laguna, pointed out that many PDP-Laban members have expressed support for Cayetano because they want a Speaker whom they can trust and respect.

“Leading more than 250 independent-minded solons is not an easy task, it entails experience and competence.” Tolentino added.

The PDP-laban solons said they took note and supported the “fair and principled campaign for Speakership being pursued by Cayetano.”

That is why Cayetano is a strong contender even if he is not an official member of President Duterte’s Party, said.

The lawmakers said they are confident that Cayetano will be able to steer the legislative agenda of the President since he also shared the vision of the President of providing a secured and comfortable life for the Filipinos.

Sen. Manny Pacquiao, PDP-Laban’s campaign manager in the last elections, said earlier that their party will be ready to support even a non-PDP Laban candidate for Speaker should President Rodrigo Duterte decide to support one from another party.

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