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PDP-Laban affirms support for Romualdez as next Speaker

May 19, 2022 - Thursday 7:05 PM by GDM

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Officials of the ruling party PDP-Laban have affirmed their support for Leyte 1st District Rep. Martin G. Romualdez to be elected Speaker in the next Congress.

Led by PDP Laban President and Energy Sec. Alfonso Cusi, they made their affirmation of support for Romualdez during a lunch meeting at EDSA Shangri-La Hotel hosted by San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan Rep. Rida Robes. 

The affirmation is a follow-up to the statement made last Saturday by PDP-Laban that their party was supporting Romualdez for the speakership.

The House leader thanked PDP-Laban members for their support.

“I would like to express my most sincere gratitude to my colleagues. Your gesture today (Thursday) will strengthen our efforts to unify the House and the people we all represent behind the incoming administration of presumptive President Bongbong Marcos,” Romualdez said.

Romualdez said the next Congress will prioritize the passage of presumptive Marcos Jr.'s legislative agenda.

"More importantly, we are trying to ensure that the priority legislation of the incoming President, President-elect BBM will be aided and supported with measures that will allow him to pursue his agenda for the people," Romualdez told reporters.

Romualdez said the next Congress is eyeing the passage of Bayanihan-type of legislation to be called Bayan Bangon Muli (BBM) and resetting of the scheduled December barangay elections to save P8 billion that can be used to fight the pandemic.

"It was [presumptive] President Marcos' initials, BBM or Bayan Bangon Muli bill stimulus package that will allow the incoming President to harness the resources available during the closing period of 2022 and [pass] measures that are needed for the pandemic, hopefully endemic stage of this COVID," Romualdez said.

He added that the 18th Congress still has a pending task to fullfill, which is to canvass and proclaim the winning president and vice president.