Senator Manny Pacquiao was hoping that President Rodrigo Duterte will prefer someone from PDP-Laban to be the next Speaker of the House. He is set to meet the President before Saturday prior to leaving for his boxing match in the United States.
Meeting at Pacquiao’s Residence
Leaders of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) agreed that the task to announce the ruling party’s official candidate for the speakership race will be given to Pacquiao. It was discussed on a meeting held at Pacquiao’s Makati Residence last Tuesday. According to Pimentel, the meeting was nice and full of camaraderie.
Vying For The Position
Present in the meeting were Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III, president of PDP-Laban, 1-Pacman Rep. Enrico Pineda and those competing for the position – Re-elected Davao Del Norte 1st District Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez, Marinduque Rep. Lord Alan Velasco, and Pampanga 3rd District Rep. Aurelio Gonzales Jr.
Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez of Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats and Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano of the Nacionalista Party complete the list of those representatives battling for the speakership.
Risky If Not From PDP-Laban
According to Pacquiao, one of the things to consider in choosing the nominee for speakership is loyalty to the President. It would be “dangerous” if someone from the opposition will be chosen as the House Speaker. He might have conflicts on how the President runs the government, and worst, start a campaign for impeachment.
President Has The Final Say
In his upcoming meeting with the President, Pacquiao will be presenting PDP-Laban’s bet for the speakership. It is important that the party’s nominee will have the blessing of Duterte and Pimentel. If the President will endorse a House Speaker outside PDP-Laban, Pacquiao would suggest that he choose someone from the ruling party.
The President does not intervene but still, he has the final say.