‘Speaker’ Romualdez ‘Fait Accompli’

May 15, 2022 Ryan Ponce Pacpaco 319 views

Camarines Sur Rep. LRay Villafuerte:

CAMARINES Sur Rep. LRay Villafuerte on Sunday said he sees the smooth transition from the leadership of the outgoing to the incoming House of Representatives with the imminent election of incumbent House Majority Leader and Leyte 1st District Rep. Martin G. Romualdez as Speaker of the 19th Congress.

Villafuerte said the assumption of the premier House post by the reelected Leyte congressman has become a “fait accompli” with his endorsement by former President and Speaker Gloria Macagapal Arroyo, who was earlier seen as Romualdez’s most formidable challenger for the elective position.

“Martin’s election as Speaker right before BBM (presumptive President-elect Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr.) delivers his inaugural SONA (State of the Nation Address) in July is now a “fait accompli” with his endorsement as Speaker by no less than GMA, who has been touted as his most serious challenger for the position,” said Villafuerte, who was among the first legislators to have endorsed Romualdez as the next Speaker.

“With GMA now out of the contest for the Speakership and the solid support of most power blocs in the House for Martin as Speaker, it will definitely be a smooth transition from the outgoing to the incoming leadership in the bigger chamber. Hence, we anticipate no hitches in Martin’s election as Speaker, paving the way for the Leyte legislator to hit the ground running at the start of the first regular session of the 19th Congress,” Villafuerte added.

“Romualdez’s exemplary performance as Majority Leader and consensus builder in the 18th Congress will guarantee that the House can—and will—buckle down right away to work on, and secure majority support for, new legislation that will help BBM deliver on his campaign pledge for inclusive growth for all Filipinos,” said Villafuerte.

Presidential candidate Marcos’ battlecry during the campaign was: “Sama-sama tayong babangon muli.”

Villafuerte is the vice president for political affairs of the National Unity Party (NUP), which had earlier endorsed Romualdez as Speaker.

The major parties in the House that have also backed Romualdez are President Duterte’s PDP-Laban, Nacionalista Party (NP), Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP), Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino (LDP), Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) and the Party-list Coalition Foundation, Inc. (PCFI).

GMA was quoted in media reports as saying, “I will be returning to the House on June 30, 2022. I would therefore like to advise the members of the Lakas-CMD that I am throwing my support for Majority Leader Martin G. Romualdez to be elected as House Speaker in the next Congress. I urge all members of our party to do the same.”

Earlier, Villafuerte said is in the best position to shepherd the House into passing soon enough new legislation that would help realize the plans and programs of BBM to sustain the economy’s growth, create jobs, improve the education system, stabilize prices and continue the country’s infrastructure modernization.

“Congressman Martin Romualdez is a consensus builder. The fact that he remained the Majority Leader even with the change in leadership in the House proves this. He listens and values the opinions of his peers, whether from the majority or the minority. He has the ability to transcend the political divide to mobilize the House into action and pass the bills necessary to support BBM’s development agenda,” Villafuerte said.

Romualdez’s term as House Majority Leader has also given him the institutional memory and wisdom to lead the House in the 19th Congress, Villafuerte added.

“Martin is hard-working and gets things done quickly as shown by his stint as majority leader when the House was able to pass at record speed the two Bayanihan laws. As majority leader, Martin helped accelerate the passage of President Duterte’s investor-friendly measures, such as the CREATE (Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises) law, and the amendments to the Retail Trade Liberalization Act (RTLA), Public Service Act (PSA) and the Foreign Investments Act (FIA),” Villafuerte said.

Villafuerte noted that Romualdez was among his co-authors for CREATE and the Bayanihan 1 and 2 laws. By RYAN PONCE PACPACO