Suarez: I’m no power-grabber

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Quezon Rep Danilo Suarez says he will be installed as House Minority Leader on Monday, signaling a showdown with Albay Rep Edcel Lagman

MANILA, Philippines – Quezon Rep Danilo Suarez reveals the plan of the House minority to install him as leader on Monday, January 16. Suarez says the group will submit a manifesto nominating him as Minority Leader, replacing Albay Rep Edcel Lagman. 

In a press briefing on Saturday, January 14, Suarez says he has the support of 19 lawmakers belonging to the 22-member Minority. He adds he is no power-grabber, being the Minority’s rightful leader based on a term-sharing agreement with Lagman.

Lagman claims the agreement was only for the House speakership. Suarez, however, says it covered the Minority Leader post because the members knew they were outnumbered in the House and it was impossible to get the speakership. 

A showdown is expected between the two on Monday when Congress resumes session. 

JUMPING SHIP? Suarez refuses to speculate that this photo of the Philippine Daily Inquirer is a sign Lagman is joining the majority.

Suarez also comments on the presence of Lagman at the traditional vin d’honneur hosted by President Benigno Aquino III in Malacañang on Friday, January 13.

Reporters asked him about a photo on the Philippine Daily Inquirer showing Aquino and Lagman shaking hands. Lagman attended the event amid reports he would jump ship and join the majority. – 


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