Castro may seek minority leadership, Ungab wants appropriations committee - Salceda

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Posted at Jul 10 2019 08:46 AM | Updated as of Jul 10 2019 09:00 AM

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MANILA - House Majority Leader Fredenil Castro might seek the minority leadership when the 18th Congress opens later this month, Albay Rep. Joey Salceda said Wednesday.

Salceda said that during a meeting of lawmakers supporting Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez for House Speaker, Castro led the "dissenting voice" on what they should do after Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano was endorsed for Speakership.

"I would expect him to run actually for minority. I think he wants to assemble enough votes to be on the minority," Salceda told ANC's Early Edition.

Castro was elected majority leader in January, replacing Camarines Sur Rep. Rolando Andaya amid the latter's investigation of alleged anomalies in the government's budget.

Cayetano will hold the Speaker post for 15 months, followed by Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco who will lead for 21 months. Romualdez got President Rodrigo Duterte's endorsement to be the next House Majority Leader.

Salceda said Romualdez wants him to serve as House Deputy Speaker.

"Gusto niya ata akong gawing Deputy Speaker (I think he would like me to be Deputy Speaker) but handling some kind of an economic cluster in the House," he said.

Salceda revealed he was eyeing to head the Appropriations Committee but that the position might go to Davao City Rep. Isidro Ungab, who was earlier endorsed for Speakership by the President's daughter Mayor Sara Duterte.

"Si Ungab, I think although I was eyeing it also under a Martin Romualdez speakership. So it stays in Davao, essentially," he said.

The committee chairmanships will remain the same throughout the term-sharing of Cayetano and Velasco, he added.

"The way the committees are being negotiated is that they will stay there without being affected by the term-sharing. There is no term-sharing in the committee level," Salceda said.