The House of Representatives under Speaker Lord Allan Velasco on Tuesday shrugged off reports of a possible change of leadership at the chamber as it remains focused on passing pieces of legislation that will uplift the lives of the Filipino people amid the pandemic.
“I don’t know where all these talks are coming from,” House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez said.
“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,” said Romualdez, who chairs the House Committe on Rules and is president of the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (Lakas-CMD).
He also appealed “to everyone to stop all speculations on a change of leadership at the House of Representatives at this time.”
“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 the presence of President Duterte in 2019,” he said.
“I remain committed to performing everything that needs to be done as the Majority Leader in the plenary in order to pass meaningful laws for the Filipino people until the last day of the 18th Congress,” Romualdez added.