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Servant of the Lord! Romero unwittingly bares backing for Velasco in House Viber group


1-PACMAN party-list Rep. Mikee Romero has come out as a supporter of Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Jay Velasco in the speakership race even before the party-list coalition officially announces its candidate.

Romero, the party-list coalition’s incoming president, made his support for Velasco known in a private Viber group composed of party-list representatives in the 18th Congress.

A screenshot of the conversation thread making the rounds online showed photos of an upcoming event shared to the party-list lawmakers.

The event, which will be held June 18 at a hotel in Clark, Pampanga, appears to be a crash course for neophyte lawmakers. There are sessions on parliamentary procedures and traditions of Congress, as well as the fundamentals of the budgeting process.

One of the event’s hosts is Taguig Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano, who is also running for Speaker.

In response to photos of the June 18 event, Romero said in the Viber thread: “Send it to lord para alam nya sino mga kalaban natin.”

He subsequently deleted his message– but not before someone took a screenshot of it.

The party-list coalition is the second largest voting bloc in the House next to PDP-Laban, with 54 members in the 18th Congress.

Earlier this month, the group held meetings with four candidates for Speaker, namely: Velasco, Cayetano, Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez and Pampanga Rep. Aurelio “Dong” Gonzales.

Romero said after the meetings that the party-list coalition will vote as one in the speakership race but they have yet to decide whom to support.

The bilyonaryo lawmaker, however, appears to have made up his mind on his candidate even without consulting with his colleagues.

Will the party-list coalition go with Romero’s choice or will it wait for President Rodrigo Duterte to announce his anointed candidate?

If there’s one thing clear from the leak of the party-list lawmakers’ Viber conversation thread, it’s that some lawmakers in the party-list coalition aren’t too happy with Romero calling the shots.

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