MANILA - Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III on Sunday said the Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC) would support Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano as the next House Speaker.
In an ambush interview, Sotto said 41 congressmen from the NPC have agreed to support Cayetano, amid speculation that the presumptive Speaker would face a coup when Congress opens on Monday.
Meanwhile, 85 PDP-Laban lawmakers will vote for Cayetano, party member Pampanga Rep. Aurelio Gonzales said.
Gonzales also confirmed that Davao City Rep. Paolo Duterte has called for a breakfast meeting on Monday to get to know his colleagues.
He added that he will also attend the separate meeting organized by Cayetano, which will be held in preparation for the SONA and the election of House leaders.
--Report from Robert Maño, ABS-CBN News