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Poe did not offer me
speakership: Albee

Rep. Alfredo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3 rd District) yesterday said presidential candidate Grace Poe has never offered him the House speakership contrary to the claim of Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas.

“First and foremost it is not for the president to give the speakership, it's a collective decision of the members of congress,” Benitez said.

The president does not even vote for the house speaker, he pointed out.

Roxas, at a press conference in La Carlota City Tuesday, slammed Benitez, former Liberal Party Negros Occidental chairman, who is now supporting Poe.

Benitez had said last week that Poe will win the presidential race in Negros Occidental that has been dubbed as “Mar Roxas country”.

“ He (Benitez) will be sadly mistaken and he will be sadly disappointed”, Roxas said on Tuesday.

The decision of Benitez to leave the LP is sad, but it is good that we have seen his true colors, said Roxas, who accused the congressman of prioritizing his self interest. The House speakership was promised to Benitez should Poe win the presidency, Roxas claimed.*CPG




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