The President told Pacquiao during last Wednesday night’s meeting in General Santos City that he will call the senator Saturday.
He directed Pacquiao to wait for his call, during which he would identify his pick for Speaker.
PDP-Laban members who are eyeing the House speakership are former Speaker and Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez, Marinduque Rep. Lord Alan Velasco, and Pampanga Rep. Aurelio Umali Gonzales.
Alvarez was ousted as the House leader on the day the President delivered his third State of the Nation Address last year. He was replaced by Pampanga congresswoman and former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
The other bets outside PDP-Laban are Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez and returning Taguig Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano.
Velasco, who was the emcee in the HNP campaign sorties in the last midterm elections in May and Romualdez, also Lakas-Christians Muslims Democrats president, were both endorsed by the Davao Mayor Sara Duterte.
The two were also the top choices of party-list members who comprised 20 percent of the House membership.
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