Small victory: Romualdez wins voting among party-list coalition members

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By John Carlo Cahinhinan

Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez scored a small victory in the speakership race after he won in the secret balloting held by the party-list coalition.

Politiko learned that Romualdez edged out Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Jay Velasco by a small margin during the voting, which was held Wednesday at a hotel in Quezon City.

Romualdez’s wife Yedda, who will represent the Tingog Sinirangan party-list in the 18th Congress, was present during the event.

While the returning Leyte congressman won the votes of the party-list coalition’s members, he does not yet have the group’s endorsement.

The party-list coalition decided to defer the announcement on who it will support in the speakership race after President Rodrigo Duterte announces his choice on June 28.