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House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez on Saturday revealed that President Rodrigo Duterte had a brief huddle with Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano before leaving Malacañang during their meeting last Wednesday night.

The Leyte lawmaker said Duterte, who was apprised of the House’s accomplishments in the past year, seemed to approve of Cayetano’s leadership and expressed his desire to see him continue serving, amid an ongoing feud between the Speaker and his presumptive successor, Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco.

“The President was visibly pleased and had a brief huddle with that Speaker before leaving. The Majority Leader noted the President nodding with approval and clearly wanting the Speaker carry on with the priority legislative agenda of the Palace,” Romualdez said.

The meeting took place last Wednesday evening at the Malacanang Golf Clubhouse.

Romualdez said he had the privilege of “personally reporting to President Duterte the accomplishment of the priority measures of the House of Representatives for the past year.”

“The members of the House of Representatives are happy that under the leadership of Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano so much legislation has been passed despite the limitations and challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.

The Majority Leader also reported that “aside from the able leadership of the Speaker, the success of the House may also be attributed to the excellent teamwork that the House leadership and its Members had demonstrated in the performance of their duties.”

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