I fully recognize the ratification in plenary session of the election of Rep. Lord Allan Velsaco as Speaker of the House of Representatives with an overwhelming mandate.
Even as I remain a member of the independent opposition or as an authentic minority Representative, I am ready to support Speaker Velasco’s policies and advocacies which will redound to the welfare of the Filipino people, particularly the disadvantaged and marginalized.
I am also ready, as usual, to be critical of policies and programs of the administration which are patently partisan and inimical to the public interest.
I will remain a steadfast and vigilant sentinel for the observance of the rule of law and the supremacy of the Constitution.
EDCEL C. LAGMAN