MANILA Former House Majority Leader Fredenil Castro on Wednesday confirmed that he is seriously studying the option of being the Minority Leader of the 18th Congress.
In a statement, the veteran Capiz lawmaker said he is keeping his options open after several of his colleagues requested him to consider seeking the minority leadership to maintain a credible balance of opinion on all issues that the House of Representatives may be called upon to resolve.
I am seriously studying whether I could maintain my balance considering the hairline difference between being a minority member from an opposition. This is because critical collaboration as distinguished from being destructive is called for, Castro said.
I will wait for guidance if I am capable of responding to this Macedonian call as part of my service to my country, he added.
Castro's possible run for the House minority leadership was earlier broached by Albay Rep. Joey Salceda.
In a televised interview Wednesday, Salceda said during a meeting of lawmakers supporting the Speakership bid of Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez, Castro led the "dissenting voice" on what they should do after Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano was endorsed by President Rodrigo Duterte as the next Speaker under a term-sharing agreement.
Salceda said he expected Castro to assemble enough votes and actually run for Minority.
Meanwhile, Cayetano will serve as Speaker in the first 15 months of the 18th Congress and will be succeeded by Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco who will serve the last 21 months.
On the other hand, Romualdez was named as the House Majority Leader for a three-year full term. (PNA)
Source: Philippines News Agency