Legarda: Speakership not on my radar

Sherie Ann Torres, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 30 2019 04:52 PM

MANILA – Outgoing Sen. Loren Legarda on Thursday said she is qualified to become the next Speaker of the House of Representatives, but she is not interested in the post.

Legarda, who was elected as Antique representative in the May 13 midterm elections, has been touted as one of the possible contenders for House speaker, a post which several of her incoming colleagues with close ties to the Duterte administration are eyeing.

“There are many...enough candidates [for the speakership]… marami na ang naga-aspire. With regard to the job, I know I can do the job, but do I want the job? Not necessarily. [The] Speakership is never in my radar,” Legarda said.

Legarda said she instead wants to focus on getting funding for her legislative district.

She said she has not yet decided who she will vote for as House Speaker.

She added that it’s up to her political party, the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), to decide if they will still be part of the super majority coalition in the lower house.

The NPC will have 46 members in the lower house in the 18th Congress, she said.

While she is not eyeing the House leadership, Legarda said she hopes she can harness her experience as the Senate’s finance committee chair when she joins the lower chamber of Congress.

“I’ve served two presidents as chair of the committee on finance. I believe that I’ve contributed much to the growth of the country,” she said.

Aside from Legarda, Reps. Lord Allan Velasco of Marinduque, Martin Romualdez of Leyte, Pantaleon Alvarez of Davao del Norte, as well as incoming Taguig Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano, have been floated as possible contenders for House speaker.