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Romualdez has upper hand in Speakership race if Palace will stay neutral – Suarez

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

Outgoing House Minority Floor Leader Danilo Suarez (Quezon Province) is confident that Leyte Representative-elect Martin Romualdez has the upper hand in the highly-contested Speakership race this coming July if Malacañang will remain neutral.

In an interview with radio DZBB, Suarez said the Speakership is already secured for Romualdez if Malacañang won’t interfere or will not endorse their own bet for the post.

“Kung walang influence ang Palasyo, I think may number na si Martin (Romualdez),” said Suarez.

Suarez stressed that Romualdez has enough House support to secure the top post based on the signatures attached in manifesto of support initiated by several members of the House Minority bloc.

A candidate for Speaker needs the support of at least 153 lawmakers to secure leadership of the 303-man House of Representatives this coming 18th Congress.

“I think he (Romualdez) has more than 153,” said Suarez.

Romualdez together re-elected Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco and Taguig-Pateros Congressman-elect Alan Peter Cayetano met President Rodrigo Duterte during the his trip in last week in Tokyo, Japan based on the photos released by Senator-elect Christopher Lawrence Go on his Facebook page.

Go said the chief executive will not meddle in the highly-contested Speakership fight since the top three contenders are qualified for the post considering that they are all brilliant lawyers.