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Topacio welcomes GMA as next Speaker’s endorser: ‘Di makakabalik ang ‘dilawan’!

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Abogado Ferdinand Topacio believes President Rodrigo Duterte made the right decision to let House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo choose her successor.

Topacio, who represents Arroyo in some cases, said Wednesday (June 26) her endorsement would guarantee the “Yellow Ulalos” will not become Speaker.

Yellow is the color associated with the Liberal Party, former President Benign Aquino III and their supporters.

“Duterte tells GMA to pick her successor. That’s great. That gesture of full trust and confidence will keep the Speakership out of Trojan Horse Yellow Ulalos’ hands,” Topacio tweeted.

He insinuated that two of the candidates for Speaker, Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Jay Velasco and Taguig Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano, can’t be counted on to be loyal to Duterte.

“Remember that Rep. Velasco’s dad voted IN FAVOR OF SERENO in the quo warranto case. Cayetano is also doubtful,” Topacio said.

Velasco’s father is retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco.

Arroyo is believed to be backing the speakership bid of Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, her former party mate in Lakas-CMD.

Duterte said he told Arroyo in jest earlier this week that she should choose the next Speaker because he doesn’t want another headache.

“Do not give me a problem anymore… You are about to retire. You choose the next speaker,” Duterte recalled saying to Arroyo during the victory party of the political party Hugpong ng Pagbabago.

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