Outgoing Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. and other members of the Liberal Party at the House of Representatives are keen on a merger with PDP-Laban, the political party of incoming President Rodrigo Duterte.
Belmonte, vice chairman of the Liberal Party (LP), admitted that he has discussed the matter with Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez, Duterte’s bet for Speaker.
The meeting between Belmonte and Alvarez transpired in Davao.
Belmonte said the decision to coalesce with PDP-Laban is not a party stand but a decision of LP members in the House.
The Speaker said LP will not ask Duterte to give any Cabinet position to Vice President-elect Leni Robredo.
“I haven’t recommended Leni Robredo for a post in Duterte administration,” Belmonte said. “I don’t think we or [the]LP should have anything to do with that.” Duterte had said that he has not considered any post for Robredo because he does not want to hurt the feelings of Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.