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Manalo muna! Marinduque Rep. Velasco says any discussion on House speakership ‘premature’

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Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Jay Velasco said that any discussion about the next Speaker of the House of Representatives is “premature.”

Velasco’s name has been floating for months now as the successor of House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

No less than Presidential Daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte mentioned Velasco as the possible next House Speaker.

Velasco said that the next leader of the House must take the lead in advancing the legislative agenda of President Rodrigo Duterte.

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

Marinduque noted that some of the key legislation of the administration have been pushed back due to “bickering” in the Congress.

“We’ve had enough bickering in Congress,” said Velasco.

“What Malacañang needs is a true ally in the House of Representatives that will help carry its agenda until the end.”

However, Velasco said that it’s still early to discuss the next House leadership.

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