Liberal Party's weighing choice for House Speaker

THE Liberal Party (LP) is weighing and exploring options on the issue of Speaker of the House of Representatives.

In a very rare move, two LP stalwarts — Caloocan City Rep. Edgar Erice and Quezon City Rep. Kit Belmonte — attended a caucus called by speakership candidate Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez in Seda Hotel on Wednesday.

When given a chance to speak, Rep. Erice aired their concerns on the measures being pushed by the LP.

Erice also said that most of the LP members want to join the majority coalition of the 18th Congress.

In a separate statement, Rep. Belmonte said the LP will remain steadfast in its principles regardless of who wields the speaker’s gavel.

According to Rep. Belmonte, the LP agreed that the party will vote as one.

“This is the guidance from our party leadership and we will apply tactical resolve so that we may achieve greater objectives. In this light, we have been engaging all individuals who have expressed their desire to seek the speakership position,” Rep. Belmonte said.

He added that regardless of their position on the House speakership, they will be voting according to their conscience on the death penalty, the criminalization of minors, and other key issues that are integral to upholding the rights and freedoms of the citizens.