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Mar vows Belmonte will remain speaker

QUEZON City Rep. Feliciano Belmonte Jr. will remain speaker of the House of Representatives if the administration party’s standard-bearer Manuel Roxas II wins the presidency next year, an official said Tuesday.

House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II said Roxas himself had assured Belmonte, the ruling Liberal Party’s vice chairman, that he would keep the highest post in the House once Roxas was elected President.


Gonzales said Roxas made the commitment to Belmonte during Belmonte’s celebration of his 79th  birthday on Friday last week.

He said who the next House speaker would be will depend on which political party would dominate in 2016.

“It will depend on which political party will emerge as the dominant party in the 2016 elections, but in so far as Congress is concerned, I think a lot from the LP will make it in next year’s elections,” Gonzales said.

He said someone would require “to develop a certain closeness to the vast majority of congressmen” to become speaker.

“Closeness to the President” would also be a factor, Gonzales said.

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