Liberal Party’s Vice Chairman and House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. of Quezon City could grace Sen. Grace Poe’s big announcement of her 2016 plans in UP Diliman on Wednesday night.
Belmonte disclosed on Tuesday that he has been invited to Poe’s event, but he tried to downplay the apparent big promulgation from the daughter of the late actor and National Artist Fernando Poe, Jr.
“I am invited. That’s my district. Still, dito muna tayo [sa Kongreso]. May session tayo (But I would be here in Congress first because we have a session),” Belmonte told reporters after he opened an exhibit about the proposed law for the creation of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in the House of Representatives.
“But I don’t believe it is a proclamation. It is just her addressing the people, and I was invited out of courtesy because the venue is in my district,” Belmonte added.
Poe, a former chief of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board from 2010 to 2012 and a neophyte Senator, is the pre-election survey leader in Pulse Asia and Social Weather Stations polls in both the Presidential and Vice Presidential races.
“I might actually go,” Belmonte said, in a separate talk late Monday night.
Belmonte also clarified that lawmakers are free to go to Poe’s UP event, but should attend the plenary session first.
“They don’t need to secure permission to go there, but we should stick with doing our duty first,” Belmonte pointed out.
But the Speaker, a seasoned politician, is not putting Poe in the front seat at this point despite the favorable surveys.
“This is just the beginning. A lot of things can happen in eight months. We’ll know if the candidates are carrying a load of explanation or a record of what they have accomplished. If I were the candidate, I will treat all my opponents as formidable. That’s the best stance,” Belmonte, who has been a lawmaker and a Quezon City Mayor multiple times, argued.
“You can’t be complacent,” he added.