‘GMA must submit herself to party caucus’
By Jaime Laude
The Philippine Star
MANILA, Philippines – Lakas-Kampi-CMD standard-bearer Gilberto Teodoro Jr. said President Arroyo must submit to a party caucus in case she is elected congressman and aspires for the speakership.
President Arroyo is running for representative of Pampanga’s second district.
Teodoro said he intends to assert himself in enforcing party rules.
“If elected President and if we are the majority in the House, the House speakership should be a party consensus,” Teodoro told guests at the Manila Overseas Press Club’s 4th Presidential Forum Series in Makati City last Friday.
“For the good of the party, it would not be President Gibo but the Lakas-Kampi-CMD that will decide on the issue,” said Teodoro when asked what he would do in case the President seeks the House speakership.
As chairman of the party, Teodoro pointed out that each and every member of the party is governed by party rules.
President Arroyo is a member of Lakas-Kampi-CMD and used to be its chairman.
Teodoro also said he intends to enforce the one member, one vote scheme, the standard set by Lakas in reaching a consensus.
Teodoro also said that if elected, he would place the interest of the country above anything else.
“I have my oath to discharge as the President of the country,” Teodoro said.