THE speakership race is between Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez and Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco, according to Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA) Rep. Jericho Nograles.
Nograles said the party-list congressmen have decided to narrow down their choices to Velasco and Romualdez because they believe the two are the only ones who are truly serious in seeking the speakership.
He also said it is the prevailing sentiment among partylist members that of those who are being floated as possible candidates for the speakership, Romualdez and Velasco are the only ones who have strong connections with partylist groups.
“I observed that our partylist Congressmen are one in the belief that under a Velasco or a Romualdez speakership, we will be treated fairly and the concerns of our constituents will be heard and respected. Some of the wannabes who have tried to reach out to us obviously have a different view about partylist groups. Parang mababa ang tingin sa amin,” Nograles said.
Nograles said that in the end, the Partylist Coalition Foundation Inc.(PCFI) headed by 1-Pacman Partylist Rep. Mikee Romero will definitely decide as one bloc.