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)resident to have last say on ruling party's bet for speaker - Pacquiao
PDP-Laban nominee for House speaker He Officials of $e pany met with Velasco, I
IESIDIiNT Roddgo Duterte would have lier statement that the President would speakership)," Pacquiao explained.
The senator said he might announce the will do so after following an agreed-upon Alvarez and Gonzales in lacquiao's resi-'
e "final say" in the selettion ofthe Par- not wade into the speakershiP issue,
party's candidate within the week or before process," hi said. dence in Makali City on Tuesday evening.
lo Demokatiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan Pacquiao said, "Acttally I1i naman talaga
his flightto the United states on Saturday. 'The PDP-Iaban, the party of President 1-Pacman party-list Rep. Enrico Pineda
DP-Laban) candidate for speaker ofthe nakikiaalam si Presidente (Actually, the
'Napag-usapan kagabi na before ako Duterte, is the biggest bloc in Congress, was also present ln the meeting.
)use of Representatives, according to President does not meddle)."
umalis tqatapos na itong problema para di with more than 94 reprcsentatives on toP The other candidates for the speaker-
n. Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao. "Pero sa pagbigay ng \onor, respeto sa
na watak watak yung PDP members (We of the panyJist conglessmen allied with ship are Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez of
The senator said the President, as PDP- ating Pangulo kailangan din niya makaha
agreed last night that before I leaw we re- us and, thereforq it is imperative that the the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats
ban national chairman, must be given 'lang basbas niy(Btttto Sive honor, respect
solve thid problem so thatthe PDP membe$ speaker should come ftom PDP-Iaban," and Taguig City Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano
e"honor, respect" in choosing the party to our President, he Ithe PDP-taban law-
Pimentel said. of the Nacionalista Party.
ndidate for speakershiP. maker lo be chosen lor speakership] muit are not divided)," he said.
Sen. Aquilino Pimentel lrd, the Presi- "We will unite behind a single nomi- Lawmakers will elect a new sPeaker
'lhe PDP-Iaban has three candidates for get the President's blessings)," he added.
dent ofthe ruling party, has delegated the nee," he added. who will replace Gloria Macapagal Ar-
eakership in the 18tr Congess: Marinduque At syentpre si Presidente ang pangulo
taskand responsibilityofannouncingthe "We will stand united in ensuring that we royo on July zz, when the t Sthbongres I
p. lord Allan Velasco, Damo del Norte Fint ng partido natin kailangan tlin niyang mag-
pany's nominee for speaker to Pacquiao will have a speaker who can tuly work not [ormally convenes.
strict Rep. Pantaleon Aharez.and Pampang s\ggest ng kandidato sa speakership (And, BERNADETTE TAMAYOI
of coune, the President is the head of our
''l have designated Sen. Manny Pacquiao only with his peers in the House, but also
District Rep. Aure)io C'onzala.
party, he needs to suSSest the candidate for to be the authorized penon to announce the with the members ofthe Senate" he added
Asked to comment on the Palace's ear-

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