Exequiel Javier and Martin Romualdez
Dato Arroyo, Robi Puno and Martin Romualdez, Ambassadors Kristie Kenney and David Pine, and other government officials and social figures.
Among the dancing partners were Trade Secretary Peter Favila and Kenney, Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap and singer-host and wife of Senator Bong Revilla Lani Mercado, Sotto and Mons Romulo-Tantoco, Representative Martin Romualdez and Zulueta, Nestor Jardin of the Cultural Center of the Philippines and columnist Tessa Prieto Valdez.
Dr. De Leon named the congressmen as Hon. Reynaldo Uy of the first district of Samar; Hon. Sharie Ann Tan of the 2nd District of Samar; Hon. Carmen Cari of the 5th District of Leyte; Hon. Bembem Noel of the An Waray Party List; and Hon. Martin Romualdez
of the first district of Leyte.
The committee members present include Vice Chairmen Teodoro Locsin and Ferdinand Martin Romualdez and Representatives Florencio Vargas, Lorna Silverio, Florencio Noel, Adelina Zaldarriaga, Amelita Villarosa, Rufino Biazon, Justin Chipeco, Aurelio Gonzales, Martin Romualdez, Albert Garcia, Satur Ocampo, Milagros Magsaysay, Reylina Nicolas, Pedro Pancho, Abigail Binay, Vincent Crisologo, Carissa Coscoluela, and Proceso Alcala.
On the other hand, the legislators in the delegation include Senators Miguel Zubiri, Edgardo Angara and Miriam Santiago; and Congressmen Dato Arroyo (Camarines Sur), Martin Romualdez (Leyte), Nanette Daza and Mary Ann Susano (Quezon City), and Rachel Arenas (Pangasinan).
The move was initiated by newly-elected Representatives Martin Romualdez (Kampi, Leyte), Marcelino Teodoro (Lakas, Marikina), Roberto Puno (Kampi, Antipolo) and Rexlon Gatchalian (NPC, Valenzuela).
Romualdez, a lawyer, said the Department of Education, which releases the textbooks for grade school pupils, should coordinate with the publishers and printers to ensure that the books are free of errors before these are released.
Congressman Martin Romualdez was the guest of Honor during the Affair which is fitting because it was his father, then Governor Bejamin Romualdez who really did his best to make into reality the vision of having a UP Campus in the province of Leyte.
could not attend personally, Congressman Romualdez
representative to read his
message for him.
to work for agricultural upliftment of Leyte's
First District 05/20 /2007
TACLOBAN CITY , Congressional bet of Leyte's
First District Atty.
is part of the national challenge espoused by the national government on food security, food production and job generation under the Millennium Development Goals.
Sta. Fe town that sits on an 81.9 square kilometer land area and other towns in the fist district may be able to address this espousal of the national government.
Atty. Martin assures that he can make this national goal open with the support and cooperation of the small farmers in this town as well as in the district.
Atty. Martin was recently in a campaign sortie in Sta. Fe town, where he shortly joined farmers in harvesting rice in Brgy.
He subsequently conducted a consultation with the farmers regarding their agricultural needs and how these could be addressed when elected as congressional representative of the first district of Leyte.
Martin Romualdez is Kampi coordinator for the province.
The source said the President was able to convince Congresswoman Petilla not to seek reelection in May and to give way for Martin
to run for Congress in the first district.
In turn, Jericho Petilla could seek reelection as governor without opposition from any Romualdez.
This was the agreement between the Romualdezes and the Petillas that night and until this time, the Inquirer learned.
Congresswoman Petilla does not want to comment on the supposed sharing agreement.
The Inquirer tried to reach Martin Romualdez
supporters but they refused to give his
Before the Feb. 10 meeting, Congresswoman Petilla was reportedly busy in her
campaign and had asked friends and supporters to support her
son's reelection to their respective positions.
The Romualdezes, on the other hand, were bent on pushing their bids for Congress and in the Tacloban mayoral race.
The sharing arrangement relieved the Romualdezes, dismayed the Petillas, and alarmed many observers and critics who felt worried about the decisions made over and above the general electorate's will.
For Martin and Alfred Romualdez, they feel relieved because they now have the assurance that, with the intervention of President Arroyo, a sure win is expected, the source said.
"The exclusion of [Congresswoman] Petilla in the congressional race in the first district of Leyte is considered an advantage for Martin
, as he is now perceived as a sure winner," another source, who requested anonymity, said.
"But even with Matin
[Congresswoman Petilla] in the contest, Martin
[Romualdez] will win as he
is better than her
But the President's move to choose Martin Romualdez
over Matin Petilla was done in accordance with the expressed support of a greater number of mayors in the district who preferred to run under Kampi
As early as December, seven of the eight mayors in the first district have pledged support for and loyalty to Martin Romualdez
says platform is the key to be people's choice05/12 /2007
has a clear legislative agenda for the constituents he
wishes to represent," an observer commented during the last barangay visit of Atty.
to the northern barangays of Tacloban City .
For one, the young lawyer has hitched his
legislative platform with the ultimate need of the people and the able support of the local leaders in the district.
has been doing since he
congressional bid and when he
enjoined the support of local chief executives in the area to polish a different kind of leadership that is unified and pro-people.
added, local leaders have seen a similar vision with him in making Leyte
, the first district in particular, a throbbing hub again.
During these last days of the local campaign, Atty.
call for a people's agenda that provides for more economic activity, job opportunities, better health care, justice, and peace.
fellow Leyteños during this last stretch of his
campaign that his
legislative plan would work toward achieving what has already been set by previous legislators in the District as well as augment the executive directives of the incumbents.
The young lawyer also said that he
is one with the national challenge to provide food security, food production and job generation under the Millennium Development Goals.
said that economy wise, a legislator is responsible for answering the question of how to get back to a full employment economy through sound economic legislative agenda.
tells voters during his
campaign that part of his
plan is to developing programs to diversify the district's economy and provide for training programs to help workers find jobs in the new economy.
has been reiterating this legislative platform of his
during the last four weeks in campaigning in the different barangays of Leyte
and in personally talking to village folks during his
Atty. Martin said if a candidate joins a political race, he should see to it that he has a clear platform that should be informed to the people concerned as basis for their participation.
"In a democracy, candidates are expected to make their platforms known to inform the people what they intend to do if elected to the office they aspire for," Atty.
The lawyer-banker from the powerful Romualdez clan explained that elections are not just about voting for a candidate, but also about enabling the voters to choose among various party platforms suited to address the needs and problems of the people.
"I have faith, that each and every Leyteño here in the first district will make the right choice and will make it known as they exercise their constitutionally given right on May 14.
Even as it is tough to stand up to the political games in our political scene here, at the end of the day, I have faith in my fellow Leyteño.
They would see through the political muddle and, at the end of the day, will make the right, responsible, and informed choices provided under our Constitution," Atty.
Luis Villafuerte; Lawyer Martin Romualdez, chairman, Benguet Corporation, who will be the administration candidate for congressman of the 1st District; Rep.
is a sincere man, who despite of any fo