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Cayetano vs. Binay: Showdown for speakership in 18th Congress looms

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A showdown could happen at the start of the 18th Congress in July as two senior politikos returning to the legislative branch are reportedly eyeing the speakership.

A known contender for the top post in the House is former Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, who’s running for representative of Taguig’s 1st district.

His possible rival for speakership is former Vice President Jejomar Binay, who wants to represent Makati City’s 1st district in Congress.

Abante columnist Raymond Burgos said that with Binay’s victory against former vice mayor Romulo “Kid” Peña almost certain, it’s likely that the former Vice President will also has his eyes set on the speakership.

Binay may be inspired to make a run for the speakership because former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo succeeded in becoming House Speaker herself, Burgos added.

The fight on who would be the next House Speaker will certainly be interesting in case Binay challenges Cayetano as the former Vice President counts several politikos in the House as friends.