Visayan lawmakers to vote as a bloc for House speaker


Outgoing Negros Occidental Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (3rd district) said the 45 congressmen from the Visayas will be voting as a bloc in the House speakership race.

Benitez however, did not say whose speakership bid they will support.

Congress will reconvene in July, he added.

Among the contenders for the post are Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez of Davao del Norte, Rep. Aurelio Gonzales of Pampanga, Rep. Lord Allan Velasco of Marinduque, Rep. Martin Romualdez of Leyte, and Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano of Taguig.

“It’s still anybody’s ballgame,” said Benitez.