Visayan bloc to name candidate for Speaker soon

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The 45-strong Visayan bloc of the House of Representatives will soon decide on their candidate in the speakership race, said Abang Lingkod Party-list Rep. Stephen Paduano.

Paduano said they will have to choose between Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez and Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco.

Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya earlier said there are four potential candidates for House speaker.

Aside from Romualdez and Velasco, Taguig Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano and Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez are also vying for speakership.

Paduano said the Visayan bloc is due to meet before July 15 to reach a consensus.