The National Unity Party has voiced its support for Congressional candidate Alan Peter Cayetano to be the next Speaker of the House pf Representatives. The NUP stated its inclination towards Cayetano for the Speakership position through a statement released by the party’s chairman, Ronaldo V. Puno, on March 4.
The statement said that Cayetano, as a former Congressman, former Senator, and former Foreign Affairs Secretary, is someone with a “proven track record” who “all Congressmen can look up to”.
In the same document, the NUP clarified that the party will not be fielding their own candidate for Speakership of the lower house in the 18th Congress.
“No one from the NUP has asked majority leader Capiz Representative Fredenil Castro to represent the party in the Speakership race,” read the statement.
It further called rumors of the NUP having its own candidate nothing more than “hallucinations”.
Chairman Puno also wrote that the NUP is in a coalition agreement with the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) Party and thus commuted to support whoever candidate for Speaker the HNP chooses to endorse.
Citing the NUP’s support of previous HNP Speaker candidate former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the statement said that the NUP has full confidence in the HNP to provide a worthy candidate in the coming Speakership race.
However, should the HNP refrain from selecting their own candidate, the NUP will instead support “the candidate who support President Duterte”.
This is another reason why the NUP highlighted Cayetano for the position, saying he “was with President Duterte from the start”. Cayetano ran as vice president under Duterte in the 2016 elections.
The statement concluded with the NUP acknolwledging that the Speakership race is still “early in the process”. The NUP is reportedly waiting to consult with the HNP after the elections for determining the candidate “who they believe can best serve the Duterte Administration as Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Alan Peter Cayetano is running for congressman in the coming mid-term elections for his home town of Taguig.