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Torn between Velasco and Romualdez? Duterte to announce Speaker bet 72-hours before SONA

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to postpone his much-anticipated announcement on his candidate in the hotly-contested Speakership race next week.

Politiko learned that the chief executive has reset his timetable in choosing his preferred choice to lead the 304-man House of Representatives a few days before he will deliver his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 22.

One Palace insider disclosed that President Duterte will announce his “chosen one” 72 hours before his constitutionally-mandate address to the nation.

The same source confirmed that Duterte is now torn between two aspirants for the House leadership, namely reelected Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco and Leyte Congressman-elect Ferdinand Martin Romualdez.

Duterte during the dinner co-hosted by Velasco and and his eldest son, incoming Davao City Rep. Paolo Duterte for neophyte solons told those who attended the event that the Speakership battle is now down between Velasco and Romualdez only.

The event was graced by a significant number of incoming lawmakers ranging from between 120 to 150.

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