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Martin belies House coup talks

Romualdez said he is focused on the 2022 polls, his re-election in Leyte and that of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio for vice president



House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez on Tuesday denied once again that his camp has been planning a coup against the leadership of the House of Representatives.

For the third time, the Leyte solon refuted claims he’s mustering support from other House members to oust Speaker Lord Allan Velasco.

“I don’t know where all these talks are coming from. Such an idea has not even crossed my mind. These coup rumors have been going on since 2019 and to this day, there has been no evidence of one being hatched,” Romualdez said.

Romualdez pointed out his focus is now on the 2022 national and local elections, particularly to strengthen the base of Lakas-CMD’s vice-presidential candidate, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.

The president of Lakas-CMD, Romualdez is seeking reelection in the first congressional district of Leyte.

“I have no intention to effect any leadership change, especially the speakership. I am a man of honor, and I fully abide with the gentlemen’s agreement forged in front of President Duterte in 2019,” Romualdez stressed.

He was referring to the term-sharing agreement brokered by President Rodrigo Duterte in 2019, wherein former House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and Velasco would serve as House chief for 15 months and 21 months, respectively.

When the deal was forged, Romualdez was the strongest contender for the speakership, but the President had asked him not to go after it and instead named him as the Majority Leader.

The President also vowed to endorse him as the administration’s vice-presidential bet for the May 2022 polls.

“I would like to appeal to everyone to stop all speculations on a change of leadership at the House of Representatives at this time,” Romualdez said.

He stressed that he will be performing everything that needs to be done to approve laws until the last day of the 18th Congress.