Albay Rep. Lagman: Next House Speaker should not be Palace’s ‘rubberstamp’

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Opposition congressman Edcel Lagman from Albay said that the next House Speaker should not be a “rubberstamp” of the President.

Three congressmen are vying for speakership; Reps. Alan Peter Cayetano, Martin Romualdez, and Lord Allan Velasco.

The three seek to replace the position to be vacated by former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

“The principal aspirants for Speaker are all pledging unequivocal support for the President’s legislative agenda, irrespective of its merit or people’s acceptability,” Lagman said.

“Since they all belong to the same Duterte mold, not one of them in the event of not being anointed by the President or after losing in the Speakership derby can qualify as Minority Leader who should not be beholden to President Duterte or the supermajority,” he said.

The next House’s top leader, according to Lagman, should be able to defend the the chamber’s independence.

“The House of Representatives needs a Speaker who can assure and defend the independence and integrity of the House as a co-equal department, and not act as a rubberstamp of the President,” the Albay solon said.

“A worthy Speaker can have reasonable collaboration with the Administration but can pursue differing views consistent with the people’s welfare, the Constitution and the rule of law,” he added.