Leftist solons back Zarate for House Speaker

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 27 2019 06:22 PM

MANILA - A group of leftist lawmakers on Thursday said it will push for Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate as House Speaker.

This after the ruling party PDP-Laban endorsed Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco for the speakership.

The Makabayan bloc, in a statement, said the House Speaker should serve the interest of the people.

"Kailangan natin ng Speaker na titindig sa harap ng atake sa ating soberenya at panghihimasok ng US at Tsina, lalaban sa korapsyon, magsusulong ng kagalingan at demokratikong karapatan ng mamamayan," it said.

"Krusyal ang susunod na tatlong taon dahil inaasahang mamadaliin at itutulak ng adminstrasyong Duterte ang mga kontra-mamamayang patakaran at polisiya."

Among those gunning for House Speaker are Leyte Rep.-elect Martin Romualdez, former Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez of Davao Del Norte, and Duterte's losing running mate in the 2016 elections, Taguig Rep.-elect Alan Peter Cayetano.

--With a report from Zandro Ochona, ABS-CBN News