PDP-Laban signs coalition agreement with NPC

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Incoming president Rodridgo Duterte’s PDP-Laban party expects to get the majority in the House of Representatives and the Senate after it sealed its latest alliance with another political party on Friday (May 20).

PDP-Laban signed the alliance agreement with the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) following recent similar accords with the Nationalista Party and Lakas-CMD.

Also read: PDP-Laban, Lakas-CMD sign 'coalition for change'

The NPC will have over 50 members in the House when Congress opens in July.

PDP-Laban is expected to also sign coalition agreements with the National Unity Party and Makabayan bloc.

PDP-Laban Secretary General, Pantaleon "Bebot" Alvarez, who is being eyed as the next House Speaker, said they are expecting to get the support of 180 incoming House members.

NPC president Giorgidi Aggabao said under the coalition agreement his party is committed to support the Duterte administration and PDP-Laban programs and back Alvarez’s bid for House Speaker.

PDP-Laban president Sen. Koko Pimentel said the Duterte administration’s legislative agenda which NPC will support include, federalism, all-out search for peace, war against crime, drugs and corruption, expansion of the middle class, tax reform and inclusive growth.

Pimentel eyes Senate President post

Pimentel said he plans to run for Senate president to hasten the implementation of his party’s agenda.

Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, Duterte's running mate in the recent elections, may challenge him in a friendly competition for the post, he said.

Belmonte to run for House Speaker again

Alvarez said House Speaker Sonny Belmonte wants to run for House speaker again.

Under rules of the Congress, the person with the second highest of votes in the race for speaker will automatically become the minority leader.

Alvarez said Belmonte told him he is ready to support the Duterte administration.