Tonyboy bares plans if elected Speaker

INTENTION. Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr (2nd from left) reiterates his intention to seek the House speakership during a news conference held at White House Fusion Cuisine and Wine Lounge along J.P. Laurel Avenue in Davao City on Thursday. Also present during the presser to discuss concerns and issues in Davao del Norte were Governor Anthony Del Rosario (leftmost), former Governor Rodolfo Del Rosario (2nd from right) and Board Member Rodolfo “Rodney” Del Rosario Jr. Lean Daval Jr

Reelectionist Davao del Norte second district Congressman Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo assured that every legislative district will have a corresponding budget if he is given a chance to become the House Speaker.

This after he officially announced his bid for the Speaker of the House seat on Wednesday, April 11 at the White House in Camella Northpoint.

“No zero budget. Even the opposition will be equally given their budget,” Floirendo said as he believes that the budget allocated by the government is meant for the people.

He recalls during his term in 2018 when the former House Speaker allocated him with a zero budget for his district’s projects.

“Nung ginawa nila yun, hindi ako ang sinasaktan nila kundi yung mga tao,” Floirendo said.

Thus, he promised that he will be transparent and fair especially in allocating Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA).

The House Speaker aspirant, meanwhile, said his primary intention in gunning for the post is to help President Rodrigo Duterte.

Upon declaring his interest in the House Speaker post last week, Floirendo said many of his colleagues called him up and expressed their support.

“Sabi nila i-make sure ko daw because they will be there to back me up,” he said.

Floirendo, however, is yet to talk to Davao City mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on his plan.

Davao del Norte Governor and Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) secretary-general Anthony del Rosario said the Davao City mayor is willing to support whoever runs for the House Speaker as long as he or she will support the president.

“This is almost the exact words mayor Sara said, for as long as the prospective candidate will support my father, we will also support him,” Del Rosario, who is also running for Congressman of the first district of Davao del Norte, said.

Although he will most likely get the support of the HNP chairman and presidential daughter, Floirendo said he did not ask any support from the president as they both respect the separation of powers.

“But if he will give me a chance to serve, I will always be grateful and will make sure I will do my duty to unite the house of congress,” he said.

Floirendo, meanwhile, calls on his fellow Filipino lawmakers, regardless of political and ideological affiliations to work as one in serving the people.

“I ask my fellow lawmakers in the coming 18th Congress to join hands with me in ensuring the Duterte administration gets the full support he needed from the legislative department.”