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NPC backs new speaker, PRRD

THE 44-strong Nacionalista Party (NP) in the House of Representatives on yesterday declared support for Speaker Lord Allan Velasco and reiterated their continued strong commitment to back President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte’s legislative agenda, including his anti-corruption campaign.

Deputy Majority Leader and Las Piñas City Rep. Camille Villar, a stalwart of NP, underscored the importance of a united House of Representatives under the leadership of Velasco to effectively implement President Duterte’s programs to restart the shuttered economy and fight coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19).

“Amid the recent development in the House of Representatives, the Nacionalista Party remains steadfast in supporting the legislative agenda of the President as his government endeavors to bring solution to the problems of the country, especially now that we are in the middle of the pandemic,” Villar said.

“The party nevertheless extends its collaborative hand to the new House leadership and vows to work closely with their team to ensure the success of the President’s legislative and economic agenda,” the lady House leader said.

With a robust leadership backed by a pro-active Cabinet, Villar said “we believe that the country is in a better position to rise from the challenges of this pandemic and ultimately, facilitate the delivery of the cure against COVID 19.”

Villar said she will co-author the proposed law seeking to grant anti-red tape powers to President Duterte to streamline the issuance of licenses and permits during national emergencies as one of ways to fight corruption in the government.

“We join President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in his unrelenting campaign to weed out corruption in government, which is stealing precious resources that should have gone directly to the people,” said Villar.