Despite appeals from leaders of the administration coalition in the Lower House, the president declared he will no longer anoint his personal choice for the hotly contested speakership
Paolo Duterte bared his tentative plan to join the speakership
battle, contrary to his earlier pronouncement and amid the President's vow to resign if he guns for the position.
Lord Allan Velasco (Marinduque) of lying about a supposed term-sharing deal for speakership
at the House of Representatives.
The Party-list Coalition is expected to name next week its bet for the House speakership
race, its president said on Tuesday.
Joey Salceda hinted that lawmakers' choice might not end with Duterte's 'suggestion' in the speakership
Lord Allan Velasco are the leading contenders for the speakership
. President Duterte had brokered a deal between the two, with Cayetano leading the House for the first 15 months of the 18th Congress and Velasco succeeding him in the remaining 21 months of that assembly.
There is no doubt about it and Salceda believes this is already a foregone conclusion of the bitterly fought three-cornered Speakership
The solon, who requested anonymity, made this observation even as speculations of an early rejection of Cayetano speakership
continued to sizzle less than a week before the next House leader is chosen via election among congressmen.
'Moapil na ko pagka-speaker (I will join the Speakership
race),' Duterte said yesterday at the House of Representatives.
Ahead of the inauguration of the 9th National Assembly slated for next week Tuesday, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus in the House of Representatives has directed its members to support any of the speakership
aspirants of their choice from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), in the national interests.
THE battle for the speakership
of the 9th House of Representatives took a nervy dimension, yesterday, as more people joined the race bringing the number of people jostling for the seat to 17.
Tarawneh made the remarks after winning the House speakership
, voicing commitment of the legislative authority to "work collaboratively to counter all the challenges we face" to reach a resilient economy and a safe and stable life, through a society armed with knowledge.