Romualdez says he is ready to stand in the 2022 polls


HOUSE Majority Leader Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez said on Thursday he was open to running in the 2022 election, after President Rodrigo R. Duterte pledged to back him. he decided to run for vice-presidency.

“Currently, I am keeping my options open regarding the 2022 elections,” Romualdez said in a statement.

“Of course, the warm support and words of encouragement from the president will weigh heavily on any decision I have to make in October 2021.”

Mr Romualdez said he will ensure the passage of the administration’s priority bills for the time being.

Mr Duterte said on Wednesday that he would not join the run for vice-president if Mr Romualdez decides to run for the second-highest office in the country, citing a deal between the two in 2019, when the lower house had to pick a new president amid a leadership feud.

Mr Romualdez was one of the main presidential candidates at the time, but the president asked him to step down from the race and become the House majority leader.

Mr Romualdez chairs the Muslim Christian Lakas Democrats, which was the ruling party under the administration of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

The party currently has 48 members in the House, including 22 list allies, its staff said. Business world in a Viber message.

Mr. Romualdez is a cousin of former Senator Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr., who is rumored to run in next year’s polls.

Presidential spokesman Herminio L. Roque, Jr. said earlier that the president “leaves it to God” whether or not to run for vice-president.

During a televised press briefing on Thursday, Mr Roque said the president “had until October to decide”. – Kyle Aristophere T. Atienza

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