ALBAY Rep. Edcel Lagman yesterday urged the speakership aspirants to ensure that there will be a genuine House minority leader in the incoming 18th Congress.
Lagman noted that aspirants for the fight “belong to the supermajority and many of them are even seeking the anointment of President Rodrigo Duterte.”
He suggested that allies of President Duterte who have the intention to become a Speaker should decide who among themselves should run.
“Since the declared aspirants, without any exception, are with the coalesced parties of the administration, then they should agree among themselves to field a common administration candidate,” said Lagman.
“A lone Duterte candidate for Speaker would foreclose the eventually of a losing administration aspirant becoming the majority’s Minority Leader, an aberration which happened in the 17th Congress,” said Lagman.
“The Minority Leader must represent the genuine opposition in the House; articulate and pursue differing views; act as a courageous sentinel of the people’s rights and sentiments; and not be beholden to the administration nor an adjunct of the supermajority,” Lagman stressed.
“A genuine Minority leader can only be assured if he or she is neither a member or a partisan of the administration nor handpicked by the ruling majority,” Lagman added.
Some of the perceived speakership aspirants include Leyte first district Representative-elect Martin Romualdez, Taguig-Pateros Representative-elect Alan Peter Cayetano, reelected Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco, and reelected Davao del Norte and former Speaker Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez.
Ryan Ponce Pacpaco