LOOK: Cayetano, Romualdez take selfie with Duterte amid Speaker race

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 27 2019 09:07 AM

MANILA - Representatives-elect Martin Romualdez and Alan Peter Cayetano on Wednesday night met with President Rodrigo Duterte, just hours after his party PDP-Laban backed their opponent, Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco, for the Speakership.

Romualdez of Leyte and Cayetano of Taguig posed for photos with Duterte at the celebration of 122nd celebration of Presidential Security Group in Malacañang. 

Speakership candidates Martin Romualdez and Alan Peter Cayetano take selfies at the PCG anniversary celebration.Photo courtesy of Romualdez's office

Speakership candidates Martin Romualdez and Alan Peter Cayetano take selfies at the PCG anniversary celebration.Photo courtesy of Romualdez's office

Speakership candidates Martin Romualdez and Alan Peter Cayetano take selfies at the PCG anniversary celebration.Photo courtesy of Romualdez's office

Speakership candidates Martin Romualdez and Alan Peter Cayetano take selfies at the PCG anniversary celebration.Photo courtesy of Cayetano's office

Speakership candidates Martin Romualdez and Alan Peter Cayetano take selfies at the PCG anniversary celebration.Photo courtesy of Cayetano's office

Cayetano was Duterte's running mate in the 2016 elections, while Romualdez is backed by supporters of former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who has reached the 3-term limit as congresswoman. 

The President has not endorsed any candidate, but his party announced its support for Velasco on Wednesday. 

"That’s internal matter for them and we respect whatever pronouncements are and we leave them that," Romualdez said of PDP-Laban's announcement. 

Romualdez is the president of the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD) party. On Wednesday morning, he led a caucus of key leaders of political parties and influential blocs.

"This is a meeting of congressmen and congresswomen in caucus to say that we wish to desire, to work as one and we will be united and one for the Filipino people," he said. 

Majority Leader and Capiz Rep. Fredenil Castro, meanwhile, said the caucus is "possibly the spark needed to unite the 18th Congress." 

"In the coming days and weeks, other congressmen who already signed the manifesto of support for our Speaker, Cong. Martin, will also come out in the open and join us in our gatherings. It is difficult to schedule a caucus of more than 180 congressmen in a single day,” he said in a statement. 


With reports from RG Cruz and Zandro Ochona, ABS-CBN News