LP likely to decide between Romualdez, Velasco for Speaker

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 03 2019 01:11 AM

Liberal Party (LP) members of the House of Representatives might decide between Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez and Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco for the House speakership in the incoming 18th Congress.

Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice said in an interview with ANC that after consultation with LP solons, the opposition party is now exploring cooperation with Velasco and Romualdez.

Erice said they chose both aspirants because of Velasco's "new ideas" and ability to communicate with young legislators and Romualdez's leadership and experience.

The LP stalwart also said Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano and former Speaker Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez, who are also vying for the speakership, are "unpopular" in the ranks of the House.

Erice, who was the campaign manager of senatorial candidate Mar Roxas in the May 2019 polls, said LP might decide to vote as a bloc when the 18th Congress on July 22.

"It would be better if we vote as a bloc," Erice said.

The Caloocan representative said LP would remain as an opposition of the Duterte administration amid a pro-admin Congress, even if some of its members will be joining the majority bloc.

"Athough most of us will be joining the majority, there will really be some social legislation that would push and palagay ko diyan din magiging effective yung aming mga inputs. We will really be against the death penalty, the lowering of age of criminal liability. At yung issue pa rin ng EJK (extrajudicial killings) tatayuan namin," Erice said.