Paolo Duterte no longer vying for House speakership

Presidential son and Davao City First District Representative Paolo Duterte announced on July 6 that he is no longer joining the race for House of Representatives speakership. This is after talking with his father President Rodrigo Duterte evening of July 5.

“I have personally spoken to President Rodrigo Duterte Thursday night in Davao City regarding my plan to run for speaker of the House of Representatives. We both agreed that this will not be the right time for me to be Speaker and I can still help his administration from the House in a different capacity,” Paolo said in a statement.

“As President of Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod, I will support the bid for speakership of Congressman Isidro Ungab from our sister party, Hugpong ng Pagbabago,” he added.

“The President has also been fully informed of Rep. Ungab’s participation in the race for the next Speaker of the House of Representatives,” he added.