NP to field bet for Speaker

MANILA, Philippines – Nacionalista Party (NP) president and standard-bearer Sen. Manuel Villar Jr. said the party will nominate its own candidate for House speaker in the next Congress to challenge President Arroyo, in case she is elected congresswoman and aspires for the speakership.

“The (Nacionalista) Party would choose its speaker and hindi naman miembro ng party namin si Presidente (and the President is not a member of our party),” Villar told The STAR editors and columnists gathered for the start of the paper’s presidential series yesterday. “I am not saying that we are going to win. I am just saying that we are going to nominate (a speaker).”

Villar has rebuilt the NP from scratch and steered it to its status as one of the most formidable political parties in the country today, boasting of hundreds of local leaders in its roster.

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