Romualdez thanks helpful colleagues

Martin Romualdez, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Mike Arroyo, Mikey Arroyo, Bong Revilla Jr. and Clayton Olalia
Leyte (1st Dist) Representative and Incoming House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez (2nd right) poses for posterity with fomer President and House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (2nd left), former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo (3rd left), Pampanga Rep. Mikey Arroyo (3rd right), Senator Bong Revilla Jr. (right) and former Pampanga Vice Governor Clayton Olalia (left) during the Thanksgiving Dinner by Representatives Martin and Yedda; Marie K. Romualdez at Palawan Ballroom Edsa Shangrila Hotel Tuesday night.

PRESUMPTIVE Majority Leader Martin Romualdez vowed to work harder and better in the House of Representatives as a way of expressing gratitude to all the members of Congress who helped Tacloban get back on its feet after the devastation wrought by Typhoon Yolanda.

Rep. Romualdez has hosted a Thanksgiving dinner for his friends and some colleagues on Monday night, with former House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as special guest.

In his speech, Romualdez said he wants to dedicate the last years of his public service to the House and to the members so he could contribute to a better Congress.

Romualdez  took the opportunity to thank his colleagues who immediately showed compassion and sent assistance to the victims of supertyphoon Yolanda that hit Region 8 in 2013.

“It will be an honor to serve you because some of you may have forgotten, there was a time, not too many years ago that was after Yolanda when my district, the hardest hit district was demolished. So many people were dead and helpless. And all of you came to help us. And that is why we are back and that is why I’m here,” Rep. Romualdez said.

“I would like to give back and return the favor to each and every one of you,” he added.

President Rodrigo Duterte endorsed Romualdez as the next Majority Leader.

Romualdez vied for the speakership with at least 160 solons backing him. But President Duterte gave his support to term-sharing between Taguig City Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano and Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco.

The president of Lakas-CMD accepted the endorsement of the President as Majority Leader of the 18th Congress.

Romualdez particularly expressed gratitude to Mrs. Arroyo for mentoring him in many aspects of politics.

“She has mentored me during her presidency and speakership, I was on the sidelines but beyond her genius mind, her work ethic, and her steadfast convictions to do what is best for the country, I have gained a lot of experience and wisdom from her,” he stressed.

He then reiterated his call to the members of the House to unite, work together and push for the legislative agenda of President Duterte.

With Jezreel Biscocho