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SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau

Next House Speaker must help PRRD forward legislative agenda
15 April 2019 01:20:58 PM

The next speaker of the House of Representatives must take the lead in supporting the legislative agenda of President Rodrigo Duterte in the next three years to ensure the success of the administration’s programs for the Filipino people, Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco said.

“Leadership is important, but it’s equally important that the next speaker is free from political ambition to ensure that all the priority legislation of the President is successful,” Velasco said.

The lawmaker from Marinduque lamented how some of the government’s key legislation have been pushed back because of intramurals in the bigger chamber, and sometimes with its counterparts in the Senate.

“We’ve had enough bickering in Congress,” Velasco said. “What Malacanang needs is a true ally in the House of Representatives that will help carry its agenda until the end.”

At this point, however, it is the task of every ally of the Chief Executive to ensure that all his candidates win in the May 13 mid-term elections.

“Any discussion on the speakership is premature,” Velasco said. “Dapat manalo muna ang lahat o karamihan ng alyado ng Pangulo para masiguro na solid ang suporta sa mga programa ng gobyerno.”

SOURCE: Office of Rep. Lord Allan Jay Velasco