MANILA, Philippines — The Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) is backing Majority Leader Martin Romualdez as the next House Speaker.
Senate President Vicente Sotto III, leader of the NPC, said the party had “unconditional support” for Romualdez’s speakership.
“As chairman of the Nationalist People’s Coalition and in consultation with our [House] Leader, I hereby declare the party’s unconditional support for Congressman Martin Romualdez’s speaker in the 19th Congress,” Sotto said in a Viber message.
In its manifesto of support, the NPC said its members “strongly believe that Hon. Romualdez has the experience and skills required by the House of Representatives in passing important and crucial legislative reforms for the country and the Filipino people under the leadership of President-elect Ferdinand” Bongbong” Marcos Jr. will effectively unite.
Romualdez is a first cousin of Marcos Jr.
“Fully aware of the intricacies of the legislative process, the Hon. Romualdez will definitely take the House of Representatives to new and greater heights under a common goal of unity toward economic and moral recovery, social justice and the rule of law,” the NPC said in the manifesto.
“In light of this, we definitively support the Honorable Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez as Speaker of the 19th Congress of the House of Representatives,” the party added.
The NPC has 39 members in the house.
The party’s manifesto of support was presented to Romualdez by NPC general secretary and former Batangas MP Mark Llandro Mendoza, along with Rizal MP Jack Duavit and Quezon MP Mark Enverga during a luncheon in Makati City on Sunday.
Following the NPC’s approval, Romualdez said the NPC’s endorsement “underscores the desire of our newly elected and re-elected congressmen to heed the call for unity from our new President Bongbong Marcos.”
“With NPC’s statement of support, the new administration now has a clear majority in the House of Representatives, which is crucial to push for legislative action needed to move our country forward,” Romualdez said.
Several political parties have also expressed their support for Romualdez as the next speaker of the House of Representatives. These include the National Unity Party (NUP), the PDP-Laban, the Nacionalista Party (NP), the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) and the Lakas-CMD.
The party-listed Coalition Foundation, Inc. (PCFI) in the House of Representatives has also declared its support for Romualdez, as well as several new congressmen led by new Ilocos Norte congressman Sandro Marcos, son of Marcos Jr.
Former President and Speaker of the House Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo also supports Romualdez as the next speaker.
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