Martin Romualdez

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Martin Romualdez said : “At a ripe age of 79, he never got tired of reporting for work to serve his constituents even at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic,” “May your memories as a dedicated public servant — one of Cebu’s best — never be forgotten,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, November 17, 2020 11:04:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Raul del Mar ) : “I am deeply saddened by the news that my good friend and colleague, Representative Raul Del Mar, has left us to join his Creator. My sympathies go out to the love of his life his family, friends and constituents in Cebu City,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, November 17, 2020 9:40:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Raul del Mar ) : “I am deeply saddened by the news that my good friend and colleague, Representative Raul Del Mar, has left us to join his Creator. My sympathies go out to the love of his life his family, friends and constituents in Cebu City,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, November 17, 2020 9:17:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “At a ripe age of 79, he never got tired of reporting for work to serve his constituents even at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic,” “May your memories as a dedicated public servant—one of Cebu’s best— never be forgotten,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, November 17, 2020 11:39:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We discussed ways on how to expedite the approval of pending legislative measures in compliance with Speaker Velasco’s directive to hit the ground running. The concerned committees for these measures may meet for just one hearing and immediately refer the committee reports for plenary deliberation,” External link

tribuneonline Friday, November 13, 2020 8:09:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “committees are authorized to dispose of priority measures already filed and approved on third reading by the immediately preceding Congress” External link

tribuneonline Friday, November 13, 2020 8:09:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We discussed ways on how to expedite the approval of pending legislative measures in compliance with Speaker Velasco’s directive to hit the ground running,” External link

pna Friday, November 13, 2020 9:17:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “All other priority measures to be identified by the Speaker as his priority bills are expected to face easy sailing in the House of Representatives,” External link

pna Friday, November 13, 2020 9:17:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Senate Finance ) : “I have explicit instructions from Speaker Lord Allan Velasco. We have to prioritize these 12 bills that were endorsed by Secretary Sonny Dominguez as part of the legislative priorities of the Department of Finance,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, November 10, 2020 9:51:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez added : “These legislative imperatives, according to Secretary Dominguez, are needed to help ensure that the economy recovers quickly from the corona-induced crisis in a strong, sustainable, and resilient manner,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, November 10, 2020 9:51:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “I have no doubt that the House of Representatives will be able to pass all these measures before the onset of the election fever next year. We are committed in helping our economic managers set in place the bold reforms that the Duterte administration has started to keep the economy strong and resilient,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, November 10, 2020 9:51:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Senate Finance ) : “Once these measures were approved by the Senate and enacted into laws, we expect the Philippines to keep its status as one of the emerging economies in the world in terms of financial strength and economic resilience,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, November 10, 2020 9:51:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Senate Finance ) : “I have explicit instructions from Speaker Lord Allan Velasco. We have to prioritize these 12 bills that were endorsed by Secretary Sonny Dominguez as part of the legislative priorities of the Department of Finance,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, November 10, 2020 9:14:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez added : “These legislative imperatives, according to Secretary Dominguez, are needed to help ensure that the economy recovers quickly from the corona-induced crisis in a strong, sustainable, and resilient manner,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, November 10, 2020 9:14:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “I have no doubt that the House of Representatives will be able to pass all these measures before the onset of the election fever next year. We are committed in helping our economic managers set in place the bold reforms that the Duterte administration has started to keep the economy strong and resilient,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, November 10, 2020 9:14:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Senate Finance ) : “Once these measures were approved by the Senate and enacted into laws, we expect the Philippines to keep its status as one of the emerging economies in the world in terms of financial strength and economic resilience,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, November 10, 2020 9:14:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Carlos Dominguez ) : “These legislative imperatives, according to Secretary Dominguez, are needed to help ensure that the economy recovers quickly from the corona-induced crisis in a strong, sustainable, and resilient manner,” External link

pna Tuesday, November 10, 2020 11:35:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “We are committed in helping our economic managers set in place the bold reforms that the Duterte administration has started to keep the economy strong and resilient,” External link

pna Tuesday, November 10, 2020 11:35:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Once these measures were approved by the Senate and enacted into laws, we expect the Philippines to keep its status as one of the emerging economies in the world in terms of financial strength and economic resilience,” External link

pna Tuesday, November 10, 2020 11:35:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez noted ( about Deputy Speaker ) : “We can see that our esteemed and hardworking colleagues have long acknowledged the need to step-up our fight against corruption by filing these bills. Upon instruction of the Speaker, we will back the swift passage of these timely bills in line with our commitment to support President Duterte’s order to investigate corruption in all levels of governance,” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, November 5, 2020 3:44:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We initially identified five anti-corruption measures and submitted these to Speaker Lord Allan Velasco for his consideration,” “We hope that we can gear towards the passage of these bills before this year ends, or early next year” External link

pna Thursday, November 5, 2020 8:55:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “These bills intend to combat red-tape, and graft and corruption in all fronts, starting from the education of our students, up to the support for informants and witnesses and the creation of a National Independent Commission Against Corruption,” External link

pna Thursday, November 5, 2020 8:55:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “It pains us to see their empty chairs in the plenary hall, but we are comforted by the fact that they fought valiantly against their illness in order to carry on with their unselfish devotion to public service. Our fallen comrades may be gone, but I am sure that their memories will linger on forever in the hearts and minds of those whose lives they had touched,” External link

tribuneonline Friday, October 30, 2020 9:33:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Today, I join Speaker Lord Allan Velasco and my colleagues in the House of Representatives in paying tribute to four of our members in the 18th Congress who died in service to the Filipino people, but were not given the honors traditionally conferred due to the limitations imposed by the coronavirus pandemic,” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, October 30, 2020 8:58:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Today, I join Speaker Lord Allan Velasco and my colleagues in the House of Representatives in paying tribute to four of our members in the 18th Congress who died in service to the Filipino people, but were not given the honors traditionally conferred due to the limitations imposed by the coronavirus pandemic,” External link

thestandard-ph Friday, October 30, 2020 8:53:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “It pains us to see their empty chairs in the plenary hall, but we are comforted by the fact that they fought valiantly against their illness in order to carry on with their unselfish devotion to public service,” “Our fallen comrades may be gone, but I am sure that their memories will linger on forever in the hearts and minds of those whose lives they had touched” External link

pna Friday, October 30, 2020 10:38:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “In an effort to further the President’s advocacy against corruption, the House of Representatives would work harder to fast-track the approval of all pending measures related to the anti-red tape and anti-corruption campaign of the Duterte administration,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, October 28, 2020 10:42:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “In an effort to further the President’s advocacy against corruption, the House of Representatives would work harder to fast-track the approval of all pending measures related to the anti-red tape and anti-corruption campaign of the Duterte administration,” External link

thestandard-ph Wednesday, October 28, 2020 10:34:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “In an effort to further the President's advocacy against corruption, the House of Representatives would work harder to fast-track the approval of all pending measures related to the anti-red tape and anti-corruption campaign of the Duterte administration,” External link

pna Wednesday, October 28, 2020 10:50:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “We are always in full support of the marching orders from President Duterte for Congress to go all out in helping curb red tape and corruption in all levels of governance,” External link

pna Wednesday, October 28, 2020 10:50:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We are committed to work harder, smarter and more efficiently when Congress resumes session on 16 November,” “As part of our tradition, we are going to hit the ground running to pass vital pieces of legislation,” External link

tribuneonline Sunday, October 18, 2020 7:59:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We are committed to work harder, smarter, and more efficiently when Congress resumes session on 16 November,” “As part of our tradition, we are going to hit the ground running to pass vital pieces of legislation,” External link

tribuneonline Sunday, October 18, 2020 2:23:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Deputy Speaker ) : “Upon the directive of the President and the instruction of Speaker Velasco, the House of Representatives will work on the passage of the anti-red tape measure before we adjourn the special session,” External link

thestandard-ph Friday, October 16, 2020 11:32:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Deputy Speaker ) : “Upon the directive of the President and the instruction of Speaker Velasco, the House of Representatives will work on the passage of the anti-red tape measure before we adjourn the special session,” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, October 16, 2020 11:29:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Upon the directive of the President and the instruction of Speaker Velasco, the House of Representatives will work on the passage of the anti-red tape measure before we adjourn the special session,” External link

pna Friday, October 16, 2020 9:31:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez noted : “The President is tired of continued corruption. He wants a legacy that genuine reforms are implemented under his term. He stressed that any delay in the release of business permits is tantamount to corruption,” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, October 15, 2020 11:49:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez added ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “Under the leadership of Speaker Velasco, we are in full support of the marching orders from President Duterte for Congress to go all out in helping curb red tape and corruption in all levels of governance. We have to help the President in his campaign to put a stop to deep-rooted, systemic and systematic corruption in government,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, October 15, 2020 11:13:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Upon the directive of the President and the instruction of Speaker Velasco, the House of Representatives will work on the passage of the anti-red tape measure before we adjourn the special session,” External link

pna Thursday, October 15, 2020 9:53:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “House leaders under the leadership of Speaker Lord Allan Velasco are in full agreement with the Chief Executive to fast-track the approval of all pending measures related to the anti-red tape and anti-corruption campaign of the government,” External link

pna Wednesday, October 14, 2020 12:48:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We appeal to our colleagues to give their full cooperation in ensuring the swift enactment of a legal and constitutional General Appropriations Bill (GAB) as requested by President Duterte to support his vision for the nation in the years to come,” External link

thestandard-ph Saturday, October 10, 2020 12:34:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez added : “The members of the super majority and our colleagues from the constructive minority bloc are one with the Duterte administration in the implementation of its comprehensive plan to rebuild the Philippine economy, defeat COVID-19 and ensure that government services are not derailed,” External link

thestandard-ph Saturday, October 10, 2020 12:34:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez added : “Lakas-CMD is gaining momentum in its goal to strengthen its ranks in the House of Representatives. We will continue this feat in the coming months by strengthening our support for our 19 regular members and 17 party-list allies,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, September 29, 2020 7:19:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “While we work with this administration, Lakas-CMD will also push for a common legislative agenda that will address the concerns of all sectors, especially those that are affected by the pandemic,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, September 29, 2020 7:19:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We all had a meeting of the mind, for everybody to help the President in his campaign to put a stop to deep-rooted, systemic and systematic corruption in government,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, September 17, 2020 8:14:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez added : “President was also emphatic when he reiterated his desire to cut red tape in government. The people should not have a hard time doingtransactions with the government,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, September 17, 2020 8:14:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We will also discuss what are the other pressing complaints from the public that the House may need to address through the exercise of our legislative function. Definitely, the investigations being conducted by the House committees on good government and public accounts will continue,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, September 17, 2020 8:14:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We all had a meeting of the mind, for everybody to help the President in his campaign to put a stop to deep-rooted, systemic and systematic corruption in government,” External link

thestandard-ph Thursday, September 17, 2020 8:01:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez added : “President was also emphatic when he reiterated his desire to cut red tape in government. The people should not have a hard time doingtransactions with the government,” External link

thestandard-ph Thursday, September 17, 2020 8:01:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We will also discuss what are the other pressing complaints from the public that the House may need to address through the exercise of our legislative function. Definitely, the investigations being conducted by the House committees on good government and public accounts will continue,” External link

thestandard-ph Thursday, September 17, 2020 8:01:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “The PHP7,598,736,000 under Republic Act 11465 (General Appropriations Act of 2020), is expected to serve 266,938 enrolled individuals,” External link

pna Wednesday, September 16, 2020 12:30:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Our hybrid and virtual budget briefings and consultations will proceed so that we will have enough time to raise various concerns. We also appeal to our colleagues to avoid repetitive questions during the deliberations,” External link

thestandard-ph Monday, September 7, 2020 8:34:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Our hybrid and virtual budget briefings and consultations will proceed so that we will have enough time to raise various concerns. We also appeal to our colleagues to avoid repetitive questions during the deliberations,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, September 7, 2020 7:52:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Our President has laid out the survival and recovery roadmap for us to consider. We, in the House of Representatives, are in full support of this plan and are ready to face the challenges spelled out by our President,” External link

pna Thursday, September 3, 2020 2:08:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “I am deeply grateful for the support that this bill has been receiving and hopeful that this will provide the recognition and protection of all foundlings in the country,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, September 2, 2020 8:56:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “This proposed measure has been thoroughly considered with the kind assistance and valuable inputs from our resource persons as well as the members of the Committee,” “We will do our best to ensure the immediate approval of the bill in the House of Representatives. We are committed to promote and protect the rights of the abandoned children” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, September 2, 2020 8:56:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez explained : "This will allow Congress to exercise its oversight function more efficiently in monitoring how these funds are disbursed to the beneficiaries. We do not want repeat of Bayanihan 1 where absence of database resulted to confusion in distribution of funds," External link

thestandard-ph Monday, August 24, 2020 8:56:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : "From Day One of the implementation of law, the House of Representatives will closely monitor how government agencies disburse the budget allocated to them. Delays in disbursing funds to the needy are no longer acceptable," External link

thestandard-ph Sunday, August 23, 2020 9:06:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : "This will allow Congress to exercise its oversight function more efficiently in monitoring how these funds are disbursed to the beneficiaries. We do not want a repeat of Bayanihan 1 where absence of database resulted in confusion in distribution of funds," External link

thestandard-ph Sunday, August 23, 2020 9:06:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : "We have all learned our lessons in the implementation of Bayanihan Act. We now have to ensure that the money goes where it matters the most. No duplication of beneficiaries, but no one left behind," External link

thestandard-ph Sunday, August 23, 2020 9:06:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We seek to lay the groundwork that will expedite our people's adaptation to the demands of the new normal life,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, August 11, 2020 5:37:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “As soon as we adapt to the new normal, businesses can resume operations and workers can go back to their jobs without fear of contracting the dreaded coronavirus,” “Through physical distancing and other stringent safety and health protocols, we can also keep our families safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. We have no choice but to adapt to the new normal. The soonest time possible, the better” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, August 11, 2020 5:37:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez added : “We have to act decisively. Not tomorrow but today. We cannot be kept hostage in our homes forever in this age of the pandemic” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, August 11, 2020 5:37:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : "The House leadership decided on the suspension of Wednesday's session only after the chamber approved on third and final reading the Bayanihan to Recover as One Bill and four other national bills which are part of the government's COVID response measures," External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, August 11, 2020 3:53:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “As of May 25, the Office of Cybercrime under the Department of Justice received 279,166 cyber tips from March to May 2020, compared to 76,561 cyber tips over the same period in 2019. That translates to an increase of 264.63 percent,” “A study by the United Nations Children’s Fund showed that one in five Filipino children are vulnerable to OSEC, with boys found to be as vulnerable to sexual exploitation as girls,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, August 10, 2020 8:33:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “As of May 25, the Office of Cybercrime under the Department of Justice received 279,166 cyber tips from March to May 2020, compared to 76,561 cyber tips over the same period in 2019. That translates to an increase of 264.63 percent,” “A study by the United Nations Children’s Fund showed that one in five Filipino children are vulnerable to OSEC, with boys found to be as vulnerable to sexual exploitation as girls,” External link

thestandard-ph Monday, August 10, 2020 7:55:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “The House had already passed on third and final reading some of the measures mentioned by the President on Monday such as the CREATE, and the bill creating the Department of Overseas Filipinos. Others are either being deliberated at the committees or at the plenary,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, July 28, 2020 11:39:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We, in the House of Representatives, are committed to deliver to the President the measures needed to support his vision for the nation in the years to come. We are ready to take on the challenge,” “Despite the uncertain times brought by the global pandemic, we will ensure that the administration’s priority bills will be realized with efficiency for the welfare of the Filipino people” External link

pna Tuesday, July 28, 2020 12:47:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We expect that the Senate will work hand-in-hand with the House to smoothen the deliberations and passage of these vital bills,” “Of course, this will be done without sacrificing the quality of debates and discussions in both the committee and plenary levels” External link

pna Tuesday, July 28, 2020 12:47:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We must move swiftly to encourage their continued operations and maintain employment levels,” External link

pna Tuesday, July 28, 2020 10:59:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “As I see it, his mission is threefoldfirst, to protect the Filipino nation from hunger and poverty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic; second, to save precious human lives and minimize the number of people infected by the virus; and third, to ramp up budgetary measures needed to fully implement a responsive and sustainable recovery plan. In short: Kabuhayan, Kaligtasan, and Kaunlaran,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, July 28, 2020 12:33:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “As I see it, his mission is threefoldfirst, to protect the Filipino nation from hunger and poverty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic; second, to save precious human lives and minimize the number of people infected by the virus; and third, to ramp up budgetary measures needed to fully implement a responsive and sustainable recovery plan. In short: Kabuhayan, Kaligtasan, and Kaunlaran,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, July 28, 2020 12:09:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We, here in the House of Representatives, are ready to face the challenges spelled out by our President in his SONA. As partners in nation-building, we commit ourselves to the realization of the state’s concrete plans and the passage of the priority legislative measures provided by the President,” External link

pna Monday, July 27, 2020 4:18:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “It is time for businesses to resume. This will help reopen our economy, preserve jobs and show malasakit [compassion] to our medical front liners,” External link

thestandard-ph Sunday, July 19, 2020 11:55:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Despite being overworked, underpaid and at great risk, our health-care workers have remained committed to their mandate. They are our heroes for spearheading the fight against the COVID-19,” “We have to protect our medical workers from the stress of their work by ensuring that they have a safe and comfortable place to stay. Rest assured that your representatives in Congress are in close coordination with the Executive department in trying to find ways to minimize the economic impact and social cost of COVID-19” External link

thestandard-ph Sunday, July 19, 2020 11:55:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We are still awaiting the official communication from the Palace,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, July 2, 2020 10:35:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Silvestre Bello ) : “This is a very difficult moment for the families whose loved ones died while working hard abroad. We support and hail the malasakit (compassionate) proposal of Sec. Bello to bring back home the remains of our kababayans,” External link

manilastandardtoday Saturday, June 27, 2020 10:23:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Labor ) : "The Department of Labor and Employment is not discounting the possibility that 10 million workers will lose their jobs this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We acted with dispatch in approving the ARISE Philippines Act to save our people from joblessness and their families from starvation," External link

thestandard-ph Sunday, June 7, 2020 10:45:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “In accordance with our rules, I move that we authorize all committees to conduct meetings, if deemed necessary, during the adjournment sine die of the First Regular Session of the 18th Congress,” External link

pna Friday, June 5, 2020 12:22:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “The approval of the economic stimulus package [ARISE] will ensure the availability of jobs and the continuity of business for millions of Filipinos. It is a stimulus program that seeks to restore our economic growth, maintain employment levels and expand the country's productive capacity,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, June 2, 2020 10:05:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We have to jumpstart our economic activities while keeping our people healthy at the soonest time possible to ensure our survival as a nation,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, June 2, 2020 10:05:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “As we create more jobs and try to jumpstart our economy, we also need to work double time to ensure that health standards and protocols are geared toward protecting the vulnerable sectors of our society,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, June 2, 2020 10:05:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We recognize each person’s fundamental right to be free from discrimination in this time of COVID-19 pandemic. Equality should be observed at all times,” External link

manilastandardtoday Sunday, May 31, 2020 11:48:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We must work doubly hard not only to arrive at the decision on whether to grant the franchise application of ABS-CBN but more importantly, to craft and put into fruition the passage of the priority measures relative to the fight against the pandemic, and the eventual defeat of COVID-19. Thus, it is only in this premise and context that I support the continuous hearings of the Committee on Legislative Franchises on the franchise application of ABS-CBN,” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, May 28, 2020 10:53:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We need to have these bills enacted into law as soon as possible if we want to rescue our people from further harm and even starvation in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic,” “The lives and livelihood of our countrymen depends on these measures” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, May 28, 2020 10:47:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We all know that dole-outs do not provide a sustainable living to the people. It is incumbent upon us to come up with an economic stimulus package that assures sustainable employment and an improved economy,” “We seek to create millions of jobs that will spring from infrastructure projects in the rural areas and, eventually, will lead to the recovery of the economy” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, May 28, 2020 10:47:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “As we create more jobs and try to jumpstart our economy, we also need to work double-time to ensure that health standards and protocols are geared towards protecting the vulnerable sectors of our society,” External link

pna Thursday, May 28, 2020 12:38:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Martin Romualdez ) : "to lay the groundwork that will expedite our people's adaptation to the demands of the new normal life”. Romualdez said the bill aims to prepare and educate Filipinos for life after the lifting of the restrictions imposed by the national government and local government units (LGUs) to contain the spread of Covid-19 through new norms of social or physical distancing and safety measures in government and private offices, schools, commercial establishments, and other public spaces. “As soon as we adapt to the new normal, businesses can resume operations and workers can go back to their jobs without fear of contracting the dreaded coronavirus. Through physical distancing and other stringent safety and health protocols, we can also keep our families safe and prevent the spread of Covid-19 in our communities," External link

pna Thursday, May 28, 2020 9:56:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “I enjoin all House members to throw their support behind this bill. I pray that through the collaborative of all stakeholders, we can further fine-tune this proposal and come up with a refined version that will greatly benefit our fellow countrymen and move our country forward,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, May 27, 2020 11:35:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez told : “These measures are not the panacea to all our problems. But these pieces of legislation may be considered as the next step in our calibrated response to ease the suffering of our people,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, May 26, 2020 10:52:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : "When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, government efforts were focused on containing the spread of the virus and saving lives through necessary quarantine measures. The speed and magnitude of the collapse in our economic activity was unlike any other that we have experienced in our lifetime," External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, May 26, 2020 10:52:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “While boosting our country's economic potential, we also approved a bill that aims to protect the life and limb of our health who are now workers on the frontline of our war against COVID-19. We are moving to grant them full and inviolable protection against all forms of prejudice and discrimination as they continue to provide medical care, logistical and service support to our people in this age of pandemic,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, May 26, 2020 10:52:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “The FIST measure seeks to strengthen the financial sector in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis through the rehabilitation of distressed businesses and improving the liquidity of the financial system,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, May 26, 2020 10:52:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “I will move in plenary session, prior to its adjournment sine die, to authorize not only this Committee but all the Committees, to conduct its hearings and deliberations on noteworthy and meaningful proposed legislations even on recess,” External link

pna Tuesday, May 26, 2020 2:04:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : "seeks to strengthen the financial sector through rehabilitation of distressed businesses and improving liquidity of the financial system," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, May 26, 2020 10:02:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “The economic stimulus program is meant to ensure business operations and job retention in this time of Covid-19 pandemic,” External link

pna Tuesday, May 26, 2020 8:22:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Immediately after consideration, the committee reports and recommendations are scheduled for plenary deliberations to address the unprecedented health crisis,” External link

thestandard-ph Monday, May 25, 2020 8:44:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Immediately after consideration, the committee reports and recommendations are scheduled for plenary deliberations to address the unprecedented health crisis,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, May 25, 2020 8:25:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Our efforts under the leadership of Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano are relentless and persistent to create a safe, adaptive and resilient Philippines to fight Covid-19 by producing clear-cut and defining legislation,” External link

manilatimes Monday, May 25, 2020 8:00:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “The Committee on Legislative Franchises will take the lead in hearing the matters of the ABS[-CBN], as well as the other franchises pending before it. They are ready, able and willing to act with expediency to meet the urgency of the franchise applications,” External link

manilatimes Tuesday, May 19, 2020 3:42:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “The President’s action demonstrates his compassion for the millions of overseas Filipino workers whom we hail as 'bagong bayani' for keeping the economy afloat with their regular remittances. Instead, we have to continue working on providing assistance to them to survive the coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19) pandemic. They have been enduring many hardships, including extended separation from their families and loved ones". Romualdez said the President's "(order) reflects his (President Duterte) sincere commitment to help and protect our OFWs in this time of COVID-19 crisis. "OFWs are our global rockstars. They have been recognized internationally for being hard workers, who work with dignity and pride, very hospitable head with unparalleled resourcefulness in their undertakings,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, May 5, 2020 4:51:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “The President’s action demonstrates his compassion for the millions of overseas Filipino workers whom we hail as 'bagong bayani' for keeping the economy afloat with their regular remittances. Instead, we have to continue working on providing assistance to them to survive the coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19) pandemic. They have been enduring many hardships, including extended separation from their families and loved ones". Romualdez said the President's "(order) reflects his (President Duterte) sincere commitment to help and protect our OFWs in this time of COVID-19 crisis. "OFWs are our global rockstars. They have been recognized internationally for being hard workers, who work with dignity and pride, very hospitable head with unparalleled resourcefulness in their undertakings,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, May 5, 2020 4:51:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We are going to hit the ground running. Time to roll up our sleeves once again and work double-time to pass anti-Covid-19 measures. This is our commitment to support all the efforts of President Duterte to win the Covid-19 battle and ensure the country’s survival from the pandemic,” External link

manilatimes Sunday, May 3, 2020 8:08:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “For reasons of exigency and the health and safety of our members and the public, we’re going to amend our rules and limit to 25 lawmakers the physical attendees to the Session Hall and the rest will join us via video conferencing on Zoom,” External link

manilatimes Sunday, May 3, 2020 8:08:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We know that when people are hungry, frustrated and angry, the potential for social unrest, violence, and confusion increases. This threat of social upheaval would greatly undermine our ability to fight the COVID-19 pandemic,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, April 28, 2020 9:55:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “In the face of adversity, we have no choice but to remain steadfast, resolute, and optimistic as we work tirelessly in the service of the Filipino people. We, your Representatives, are your eyes and ears on the ground, and your voice on the national stage,” “Rest assured that the House of Representatives is working towards crafting a solution to help ensure the promotion of public health and safety, the delivery of basic goods and services, the upliftment of the economy, and the restoration of the livelihood of many of our countrymen,” External link

pna Thursday, April 16, 2020 11:03:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “There is no denying the fact that this unprecedented public health crisis will slow down our economic growth this year with most of the contraction in the economy occurring now in the second quarter when Luzon is on Enhanced Community Quarantine,” “We need to step up and identify all other programs and projects needed to fill the gaps that we found in the implementation of the Social Amelioration Program. We have to cast a wider net so that more families will benefit from other social programs that we need to implement,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, April 14, 2020 10:28:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “There is no denying the fact that this unprecedented public health crisis will slow down our economic growth this year with most of the contraction in the economy occurring now in the second quarter when Luzon is on Enhanced Community Quarantine,” “We need to step up and identify all other programs and projects needed to fill the gaps that we found in the implementation of the Social Amelioration Program. We have to cast a wider net so that more families will benefit from other social programs that we need to implement,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, April 14, 2020 10:04:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “I join the nation in extending our warmest greetings to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on his 75th birth anniversary on March 28. In these times of great peril and difficulty, I pray that the Great Almighty will continue to bless our President with excellent health and immense wisdom for decision-making,” “May the good Lord also clothe him and his family with His protective mantle so that the President can have peace of mind in leading our people out of this crisis,” External link

pna Friday, March 27, 2020 11:05:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “The most responsible thing for me to do at this moment is to undergo self-quarantine. To put on record, I have not developed any symptom of the coronavirus disease,” “I'm in the pink of health and well enough to continue performing my duties as House Majority Leader and will activate my work-from-home system,” External link

pna Thursday, March 26, 2020 12:41:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Let’s continue to work for the common good of everyone by praying for the nation’s healing and world’s complete recovery from Covid-19. In these challenging times, our common goal is to curb the spread of the deadly virus. Together, we shall recover from this pandemic,” External link

pna Thursday, March 26, 2020 12:41:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Such authority is needed not only to control the COVID-19 pandemic now gripping the country, but also to immediately mobilize resources for the provision of basic necessities to families and individuals affected by the imposition of Community Quarantine, especially indigents and their families,” External link

pna Monday, March 23, 2020 8:08:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “This is a call of duty and we are committed to respond to President Duterte’s request to ensure possible quick response to defeat Covid-19, help Filipinos living below poverty line, protect people in the frontline, and map out other contingency measures,” External link

manilatimes Friday, March 20, 2020 10:30:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Under the leadership of Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano is now preparing to convene in a special session for coronavirus disease funds,” External link

pna Friday, March 20, 2020 11:42:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “It is very important to give equal prominence to the positive developments especially on patients whose conditions are improving or recovered from COVID-19. We have to bring the people one and united and equal reporting of good news will be an important factor to make a huge difference and ensure the success of our fight against the dreaded virus,” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, March 20, 2020 12:19:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “I enjoin our people to set aside politics in the meantime and unite for once as we seek long-lasting solutions to stop the spread of the dreaded virus in our communities. Our concern at the moment is how to keep our families safe at all costs,” External link

pna Tuesday, March 17, 2020 11:38:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “By providing stiffer penalties for violations on anti-child abuse laws, we intend to put an end to the continued exploitation of children. By increasing the penalties for child abuse offenses, we ensure that justice is served for every child who has been abused, exploited or discriminated against,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, February 18, 2020 6:21:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “House Bill 137 addresses this issue head-on, with the objective of ensuring that every child grows and lives free from the threat of harm,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, February 18, 2020 6:21:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “It will hasten consideration of the President's budget proposal not only in the House Committee on Appropriations but in plenary as well,” “Remember that the House of Representatives approved on third and final reading the 2020 national budget in record time on Sept. 20, 2019. Historically, the proposed national budget is approved in the House of Representatives not earlier than October,” External link

pna Tuesday, February 4, 2020 12:34:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “The House leadership under Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano just needed only 20 working days to finish the job in approving a pork-free and bereft of any illegal parking of funds and insertions’ national budget,” “Our focus right now is to work hard in legislation and pass all the measures needed to improve the living condition of our people. That is the marching order from the President,” External link

pna Tuesday, February 4, 2020 12:34:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Please work for the common good of everyone. Avoid sowing panic. Stop spreading false information and hate campaign against Chinese people. Let’s pray for good health and the immediate recovery of those who have been affected,” External link

thestandard-ph Sunday, February 2, 2020 10:25:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Our DOH officials were guided by international standards in recommending to the President the temporary travel ban on Chinese nationals from Hubei province and other nCoV-hit areas in China,” External link

pna Friday, January 31, 2020 10:21:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Please work for the common good of everyone. Avoid sowing panic... Let’s pray for the good health and immediate recovery of those who have been affected,” External link

pna Friday, January 31, 2020 10:21:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez added : “With leave of the House, I further move that the said Question Hour be held tomorrow, January 29, 2020, at the plenary hall to answer questions from members of the House of Representatives pertaining to the measures being undertaken by the Department of Health on the threat of the novel coronavirus in the country,” External link

pna Tuesday, January 28, 2020 1:22:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : "The resource persons from the various sectors of the affected residents reported their firsthand account of devastations of their residential houses, school buildings, and local government infrastructures. They appeal for assistance to restore livelihood and to rebuild or reconstruct residential houses which were totally destroyed," "They also appeal to medical or psychological intervention. The resource persons also appeal to the national government to allow affected residents to return to their residence in order to feed or retrieve their livestock," External link

pna Wednesday, January 22, 2020 1:46:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “The House is committed to provide families displaced by the explosion of Taal Volcano long-term and permanent solutions to their woes,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, January 21, 2020 11:39:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “The House is committed to show ‘ malasakit ’ and provide families displaced by the explosion of Taal Volcano long-term and permanent solutions to their woes,” “We are going to coordinate with the Palace to get the full details of the supplemental budget,” External link

pna Tuesday, January 21, 2020 8:00:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “In view of the unanimity in spirit, and the consensus arrived at by the leaders of the House at your office, and at your instance, we move to hold the session this Wednesday at the Batangas City Convention Center at 1 p.m.,” External link

pna Monday, January 20, 2020 3:24:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We aim to hit the ground running when session resumes on Monday. Time to roll up our sleeves once again and work double time on vital legislative measures. The Speaker made a clear instruction to pass these bills,” “We hope to vote soon for second reading approval the proposed law creating the Department of Filipinos Overseas and Foreign Employment to keep an eye on the safety and protection of overseas Filipinos, including seafarers and household service workers, Department of Disaster Resilience to create a primary agency responsible for leading the national effort before, during and after disasters, the Department of Water Resources to avert water crisis, and other bills,” External link

pna Sunday, January 19, 2020 12:13:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We are committed and inspired to work harder, smarter and more efficiently this year,” External link

pna Sunday, January 19, 2020 12:13:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We do not fault Phivolcs for the lack of adequate warnings on the impact of the phreatic explosion. We are aware that it is really difficult to predict the occurrence of volcanic eruptions and related disasters. But this is precisely the reason why Congress included more than P221.48-million capital outlays in the P588.12-million total budget of Phivolcs for 2020. We need to upgrade the country’s monitoring and warning program for volcanic eruption, earthquake and tsunami” External link

bworldcom Monday, January 13, 2020 10:52:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We do not fault the Philvolcs for the lack of adequate warnings on the impact of the phreatic explosion. We are aware that it is really difficult to predict the occurrence of volcanic eruption and related disasters,” “But this is precisely the reason why Congress included more than PHP221.48 million capital outlays in the PHP588.12 million total budget of Phivolcs for 2020. We need to upgrade the country’s monitoring and warning program for volcanic eruption, earthquake, and tsunami,” External link

pna Monday, January 13, 2020 12:20:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Time and again, the wrath of nature reminds us to come up with strategic and systematic approaches to disaster prevention, mitigation, preparedness, and response,” External link

pna Monday, January 13, 2020 12:20:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Such communication is needed to guide us on what is expected of Congress during the special session,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, January 7, 2020 11:42:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We agree with the President’s pronouncement that the rising tension in the Middle East is a major concern that needs urgent legislative attention. We are ready to clothe the executive with all the powers needed to make sure that every Filipino is safe and secure in these trying times,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, January 7, 2020 11:42:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Such communication is needed to guide us on what is expected of Congress during the special session. While waiting for the Palace communication, Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano has already asked the House Secretariat to make the necessary preparations for a special session,” External link

pna Tuesday, January 7, 2020 10:26:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “This is a pro-poor GAA that will carry the President’s continued commitment of social payback to make the life of Filipinos comfortable,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, January 7, 2020 12:13:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “The huge allocation for social services carries the President’s programs to create more jobs, generate investments, better access to health care, free education, and other basic social services,” External link

pna Monday, January 6, 2020 1:13:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “I am proud to report, as the Majority Leader, that the First Regular Session of the 18th Congress processed a total of 900 legislative measures since July 22 to December 18 of the current year. In just 32 session days, we were able to steer the approval of 175 legislative measures. Two of these measures, the institutionalization of the Malasakit Centers and the postponement of the barangay and SK elections, had already been signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte,” External link

thestandard-ph Saturday, December 28, 2019 6:50:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “I consider the swift passage of the 2020 General Appropriations as one of the highlights of the First Regular Session of the House of Representatives. We were able to steer the approval of the 2020 national budget in record time through creative initiatives never before experienced in the House of Representatives. Committee hearings for the budgets of various departments and offices were held simultaneously, from day to night, Monday to Friday,” External link

thestandard-ph Saturday, December 28, 2019 6:50:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “The bicameral report of two other measures, the 2020 General Appropriations Act and the Sin Taxes, were also ratified by both Houses of Congress and are due for signature by the President before the end of the year,” External link

thestandard-ph Saturday, December 28, 2019 6:50:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “I share the belief of the majority of our people that the House of Representatives did a marvelous job in its First Regular Session. Our people have spoken. They are in approval of and satisfied with the performance of their congressmen under the leadership of Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano,” “I am elated that Filipinos are now appreciative of the hard work exerted by their representatives in Congress. They have seen how congressmen rolled up their sleeves and buckled down to work from the first day of the 18th Congress” External link

pna Friday, December 27, 2019 5:18:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Income Tax ) : “These bills are important parcels of the Comprehensive Tax Reform Program that is required to help reach the A Credit Rating goal of the Duterte administration,” External link

pna Friday, December 27, 2019 5:18:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Your congressmen, both from the majority and the minority, worked feverishly in the committee and plenary levels just to get the job done on time. The minority congressmen were given almost 80 percent of the total time allotted in plenary for interpellation,” “With democracy at work in the House, we manage to craft a national budget that is truly a collaborative product of hard-working legislators. No pork, no parking, and no delay. With the swift approval of the 2020 budget, we are confident that we will meet the country’s economic target of 6.5 percent to 7.5 percent growth for this year up to 2020” External link

pna Friday, December 27, 2019 5:18:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Our focus right now is to work hard on legislation and pass all the measures needed to improve the living condition of our people,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, December 24, 2019 2:35:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We have not discovered [any alleged insertions] and there are no commentaries about it here in the bicam so we hope even that will be clarified,” External link

thestandard-ph Wednesday, December 11, 2019 11:49:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Ping Lacson ) : “But of course, we always respect the views of each and every congressman and senator, and we share the same zeal and we are always with Senator Ping [Lacson] and those who want to rid the budget of any of those pork issues,” External link

thestandard-ph Wednesday, December 11, 2019 11:49:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Ping Lacson ) : “But of course, we always respect the views of each and every congressman and senator, and we share the same zeal at parati kami magkasama ni (and we are always with) Senator Ping and those who want to rid the budget of any of those pork issues,” External link

pna Wednesday, December 11, 2019 12:06:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Team ) : “Good luck to all our athletes and coaches competing in the SEA Games. As long as we work hard, nothing can prevent the Team Philippines from becoming champion. Fight hard, play fair and win big,” External link

thestandard-ph Saturday, November 30, 2019 4:50:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “If the country is to create sports superstars and excel in international sporting competitions like the Olympics, Asian and SEA Games, it must re-dedicate itself to the proven concept of the private and public sectors joining hands to spur sports development from the grassroots to the national and international levels,” External link

pna Monday, November 25, 2019 12:30:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez added ( about Team ) : “Good luck to all our athletes and coaches competing in the SEA Games. As long as we work hard, nothing can prevent the Team Philippines from becoming champion. Fight hard, play fair and win big,” External link

pna Monday, November 25, 2019 12:30:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “This is the best option to address the delayed implementation of programs and projects for the delivery of basic services,” External link

pna Tuesday, November 12, 2019 1:29:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : "This bolsters our position that what we approved and transmitted to the Senate is a constitutionally-compliant General Appropriations Bill," "Let me reiterate, the money measure that we passed under the leadership of Speaker (Alan Peter) Cayetano will marshal a budget for a meaningful change and a reflection not only of the President’s vision to make the life of Filipinos better, but also of the people’s will," External link

pna Monday, November 4, 2019 12:34:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “I appeal to our government and Speaker Alan (Peter Cayetano) to prioritize all efforts aimed at modernizing the BFP for the best interest of the nation. Let us build fire stations and purchase modern equipment for our firefighters,” External link

pna Monday, October 28, 2019 10:07:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We in Congress remain committed to the approval of other pending measures required to improve our credit ratings. With these reforms, we trust that our march to progress will be steady and swift,” External link

pna Thursday, October 24, 2019 11:27:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “The improvement will definitely lead to more investments, which translate to more jobs for our people. Hopefully, these jobs will not benefit only the urban areas, but also the rural communities in far-flung villages.,” External link

pna Thursday, October 24, 2019 9:52:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Through the sterling leadership of Cayetano, we assure the public that the House leadership would continue to perform better,” External link

pna Tuesday, October 15, 2019 10:18:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Deputy Speaker ) : “Truly, nothing warms the heart of public servants more than the appreciation of our constituents,” “The trust and approval extended by our countrymen to Speaker Cayetano will definitely prompt all of us in the House of Representatives to work harder in the legislative mill in the days to come,” External link

pna Monday, October 7, 2019 7:33:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Hence, there is a pressing need to establish an agency that would manage, harmonize, and strengthen existing policies and programs to address the needs of foreign Filipino employment. We support the immediate passage of the proposed Department of OFWs,” External link

pna Tuesday, September 17, 2019 2:14:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Our all-out support for the firm leadership of the great Secretary, General Roy Cimatu. The DENR is now reaching its greatest heights. To the best secretary ever, you have all our support for DENR, more power to you and the department,” External link

pna Friday, September 6, 2019 3:04:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Lakas-CMD is open for new members and we will continue to strengthen our political influence nationwide,” External link

pna Tuesday, September 3, 2019 2:29:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “The House members are in full agreement that we all have to work day and night, from Monday to Friday, to make sure that we approve the 2020 General Appropriations Act by October this year,” “This will give the Senate ample time to scrutinize the budget approved by the House. Hopefully, we can have a bicameral conference early December, then approve the 2020 national budget before the year ends,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, August 21, 2019 10:43:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “This means that the appropriations committee may hold budget hearings at the committee level simultaneous with the plenary debates on other pending bills and resolutions,” “This will ensure that plenary deliberations on other pending issues, such as the vital revenue measures, will push through even as we are working round the clock on the budget bill,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, August 21, 2019 10:43:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We will comply with the Supreme Court ruling that outlawed any form of pork barrel. Definitely, the pork barrel system is a thing of the past,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, August 20, 2019 10:35:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez added : “The line item budgeting system will be strictly observed to ensure transparency and accountability in the disbursement of public funds. There will be no post-enactment intervention,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, August 20, 2019 10:35:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We also commend the President’s commitment through acting Budget Secretary Avisado to ensure an equitable and corruption-free distribution of government resources to further propel the economy,” External link

pna Tuesday, August 20, 2019 2:50:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “The timely passage of the national budget and other priority measures will further propel the country’s economic growth. If we can sustain this, we might go to greater heights never seen before,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, August 19, 2019 10:28:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “I am honored and thankful to this recognition. My heartfelt gratitude to Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and my colleagues,” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, August 16, 2019 10:42:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “An equally important objective of the bill is to discourage the excessive consumption of alcohol products, especially among the youth,” “Excessive alcohol drinking leads to diseases like cirrhosis of the liver and pancreatitis, among others. Moreover, alcohol-drinking leads to bad behavior like drunk driving and domestic violence” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, August 15, 2019 10:35:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “The technical working group will not only help fast-track the passage of the President’s priority bills but will assist in spotting red flags for possible presidential veto,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, August 12, 2019 11:28:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez added : “We aim to work closely also with the PLLO (Presidential Legislative Liaison Office) so that they can alert us what are the certain provisions of the bills that may need thorough discussion with Cabinet members concerned,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, August 12, 2019 11:28:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We do not want to waste the people’s money. A well-crafted legislative measure, discussed thoroughly with Cabinet members and other stakeholders, will ensure that government resources are spent wisely and prudently,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, August 12, 2019 11:28:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We are eyeing zero veto for all bills to be approved by the Senate and the House,” “The House leaders will exhaust all means possible to make sure that the executive and the legislative departments are in sync with regard to priority and certified bills filed in the 18th Congress. We do not want to put to waste all the money, time and effort which are normally spent in passing bills,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, August 12, 2019 11:28:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “I just spoke with the Speaker [Alan Peter Cayetano] about the Batanes fund drive. It [contribution] has been the practice whenever a district is hard-hit by a calamity, in this case Batanes,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, July 30, 2019 10:31:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “That is why I requested our LSB to allocate space at the North Wing and South Wing lobbies to serve as collection and storage areas for donated goods,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, July 30, 2019 10:31:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “This is just the minimum amount pegged by the House resolution. The contribution may even reach P3 million up to P5 million as some congressmen have indicated willingness to donate P50,000 to P100,000 from their salary,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, July 30, 2019 10:31:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Zamboanga Sibugay ) : “The dengue scourge has affected . We are very, very fortunate that Secretary Duque is here at the Office of House Majority Leader so we invited the members of the Region VIII bloc and as well as those from Iloilo and Zamboanga Sibugay where this scourge has also been very, very much felt,” “Secretary Duque has endeavored to support each and every congressman’s requirements to stave off the increase or the spike of the scourge not just through informative talks and discussions here, but with actual concrete initiatives to support in addressing the problem,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, July 30, 2019 10:31:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “This is just the minimum amount pegged by the House resolution. The contribution may even reach P3 million up to P5 million as some congressmen have indicated willingness to donate P50,000 to P100,000 from their salary,” External link

manilatimes Tuesday, July 30, 2019 6:39:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “I was saddened to hear that lives were lost due to powerful quakes that rocked Batanes this morning. I am asking my colleagues in the House of Representatives to help mobilize all resources needed in the aftermath of this tragedy,” External link

manilastandardtoday Saturday, July 27, 2019 10:31:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Both Speaker (Alan Peter) Cayetano and I gave the commitment that we are going to work double time. I am elated that the newly-elected Minority Leader, Pastor Benny Abante (Manila 6th District) shares the same view. With this shared commitment, I have no doubt that this will be one of the most productive Congresses ever,” External link

pna Thursday, July 25, 2019 7:27:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Both Speaker (Alan Peter) Cayetano and I gave the commitment that we are going to work double time. I am elated that the newly-elected Minority Leader, Pastor Benny Abante (Manila 6th District), shares the same view. With this shared commitment, I have no doubt that this will be one of the most productive Congress ever,” External link

pna Thursday, July 25, 2019 5:50:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “I assure the country’s economic managers that Congress will align its legislative agenda with President Duterte’s priority economic bills, which aims to cut poverty almost by half in 2022,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, July 23, 2019 10:54:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “As I previously stated, we will work double-time to act on the President’s priority bills, especially those aimed at improving the lives of our people,” External link

pna Tuesday, July 23, 2019 3:58:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez added ( about Rodrigo R Duterte ) : “I assure the country’s economic managers that Congress will align its legislative agenda with President Duterte’s priority economic bills, which aims to cut poverty almost by half in 2022,” External link

pna Tuesday, July 23, 2019 3:58:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Under the leadership of Speaker Cayetano, we will work on long-term solutions aimed at addressing the nation’s serious ills like the need to create the Department of Disaster Resilience, poverty, illegal drugs, peace and order concerns, lack of infrastructures and corruption,” “As I previously stated, we will work double-time to act on the President’s priority bills, especially those aimed at improving the lives of our people,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, July 22, 2019 11:58:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “And that is why we are back and that is why I’m here: that in the remaining years of my public service, I would also like to give back and return the favor to each and every one of you. If it were working as a Speaker, as any House leader, as Majority Leader, in any capacity, I really want to dedicate my last years in public service working for you, by you, for what you have done for us,” External link

pna Wednesday, July 17, 2019 11:09:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “From the bottom of my heart, thank you very much. We love you all and we will see you next week and we will be working hard together,” External link

pna Wednesday, July 17, 2019 11:09:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “I was on the sidelines, but beyond her genius mind, her work ethic, and her steadfast convictions to do what is best for the country, I have gained a lot of experience and wisdom from her,” External link

pna Wednesday, July 17, 2019 11:09:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “She is a political genius whose competence, workaholic attitude, track record, integrity, and strong decision-making skills helped her earn the respect... of world leaders,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, July 10, 2019 9:54:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Her pro-poor projects like the affordable housing units and conditional cash transfer program for the poorest of the poor benefitted many Filipinos. It was an honor and privilege to work with the former president and Speaker Arroyo. I wish her the best of luck,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, July 10, 2019 9:54:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Her pro-poor projects like the affordable housing units and conditional cash transfer program for the poorest of the poor benefited many Filipinos. It was an honor and privilege to work with the former president and Speaker Arroyo. I wish her the best of luck,” External link

pna Wednesday, July 10, 2019 10:53:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Our economic managers are on the right track. If we support the roadmap that they had presented, reducing poverty by almost a half in 2022 is doable,” External link

manilastandardtoday Saturday, July 6, 2019 6:35:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Definitely, I support the economic team’s road map. Much has been done, but more challenges remain. I will ask our [congressional] leaders to immediately buckle down to work and discuss this roadmap in our next multi-party caucus,” External link

manilastandardtoday Saturday, July 6, 2019 6:35:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “I am thankful for Secretary Sonny’s invitation as this event provided me with the complete picture of the country’s economic situation from the viewpoint of our economic managers. This will help us, congressmen, in our quest to help find solutions to the challenges that we face on the economic front,” External link

manilastandardtoday Saturday, July 6, 2019 6:35:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “The economic managers were unanimous in telling us that public expenditures on these major items are the key to attracting more foreign direct investments. Investors need reliable road networks to transport economic goods. They need a competent work-force to ensure world-class products and services,” External link

manilastandardtoday Saturday, July 6, 2019 6:35:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “In our first caucus last week, we all agreed to pass the 2020 General Appropriations Bill by October. This self-imposed deadline will give he Senate more session days for plenary debates on the budget. Hopefully, President Duterte will have a national budget ready for his signature before the end of the year,” External link

manilastandardtoday Saturday, July 6, 2019 6:35:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “I fully subscribe to the position of the Duterte Coalition that Congressmen be given the freedom to elect their own leaders in the House of Representatives based on the dictates of their conscience and in accordance with the wishes of their constituents,” External link

bworldcom Friday, July 5, 2019 5:36:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “In fact, the President told us, the speakership candidates, that he would not meddle in the race and assured us also that he will not secretly pass on any order to support a candidate,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, July 3, 2019 10:51:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “No doubt about it, the President’s peace and development efforts were the twin engines that propelled our economic growth,” External link

pna Wednesday, July 3, 2019 2:38:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Economic experts are right: the best is yet to come. If we can sustain this, we might just propel our economy to greater heights never seen before,” External link

pna Wednesday, July 3, 2019 2:38:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We should not waste precious time in politics and bickerings. We need to hit the ground running in the opening of Congress and help sustain this momentum for economic takeoff,” External link

pna Wednesday, July 3, 2019 2:38:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “This the climate that investors are looking for before they decide to pump billions of pesos in our economy. It is no wonder that investor confidence in the Philippines is at an all-time high,” External link

pna Wednesday, July 3, 2019 2:38:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Investors need a competent workforce for world-class products and services. The investments that we made in human development and social protection are now starting to bear fruit,” External link

pna Wednesday, July 3, 2019 2:38:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We respect HNP’s endorsement of its speakership candidate. However, we will await the President’s final say on the matter,” External link

pna Wednesday, July 3, 2019 1:38:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “In fact, the President told us, the speakership candidates, that he would not meddle in the race and assured us also that he will not secretly pass on any order to support a candidate,” External link

pna Wednesday, July 3, 2019 1:38:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “It is ironic that Metro Manila is submerged in flood waters even at the slightest downpour, yet households do not have a steady supply of water from their faucets” External link

pna Tuesday, July 2, 2019 1:01:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “However, due to budget requirements, we may have to do initially with the construction of mini-dams or small local catchments for rainwater based on existing infrastructure in various localities,” External link

pna Tuesday, July 2, 2019 1:01:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : "It is ironic that Metro Manila is submerged in flood waters even at the slightest downpour, yet households do not have a steady supply of water from their faucets," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, July 2, 2019 11:55:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “I have already relayed this commitment to the President and his economic team. The House of Representatives will work double-time to act on the President’s priority bills, especially those aimed at improving the lives of our people,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, July 1, 2019 6:09:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “The economic managers were unanimous in telling us that public expenditures on these major items are the key to attracting more foreign direct investments. Investors need reliable road networks to transport economic goods. They need a competent workforce to ensure world-class products and services,” External link

pna Monday, July 1, 2019 5:33:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Our economic managers are on the right track. If we support the roadmap that they had presented, reducing poverty by almost half in 2022 is doable,” “Definitely, I support the economic team’s road map,” External link

pna Monday, July 1, 2019 5:33:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “This is the reason why the 18th Congress needs to pass the 2020 proposed national budget on time and make sure that public infrastructure and human development get the biggest allocation next year,” External link

pna Monday, July 1, 2019 5:33:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “This self-imposed deadline will give the Senate more session days for plenary debates on the budget. Hopefully, President Duterte will have a national budget ready his signature before the end of the year,” External link

pna Monday, July 1, 2019 5:33:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : "I appeal to my fellow aspirants for Speakership to take the lead from the President and allow congressmen to vote in accordance with their conscience," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, July 1, 2019 5:56:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez told : “I took the opportunity to report to him what was discussed and agreed upon earlier by the multi-party caucus. I assured him of a united House of Representatives,” External link

pna Thursday, June 27, 2019 1:11:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Rodrigo R Duterte ) : “The congressional leaders were unanimous in saying that the 18th Congress will be a real working partner of President Duterte and the Executive Department. All vowed to work double-time to shepherd the approval of the President’s legislative agenda,” External link

pna Thursday, June 27, 2019 1:11:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “I informed the President that House leaders have already established a reliable communication line with Finance Secretary Sonny Dominguez and other economic managers to ensure that the 2020 national budget will be approved before the end of the year,” “The 18th Congress will also ensure that the budget will be as fair and as equitable as the President mandates,” External link

pna Thursday, June 27, 2019 1:11:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “These are the items that we want to revisit and move forward with, along with the separate and specific advocacies of each lawmaker. We only have very few weeks left, and we want to hit the ground running,” External link

pna Thursday, June 27, 2019 1:11:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : "That’s internal matter for them and we respect whatever pronouncements are and we leave them that," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, June 27, 2019 5:17:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “The matter will still have to be decided on July 22, and I will be the last one to be presumptuous that I have more than the numbers to become the Speaker. But I am confident that we are a contender, a serious contender. And we will not stop working even beyond July 22, working with each and everyone here,” External link

thestandard-ph Wednesday, June 26, 2019 9:54:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “This is a caucus, the first of many, that we will be holding in our efforts to coalition build to further the legislative agenda of President Duterte,” External link

pna Wednesday, June 26, 2019 2:49:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “These are the items that we want to revisit and move forward with, along with the separate and specific advocacies of each lawmaker. We only have very few weeks left, and we want to hit the ground running,” External link

pna Wednesday, June 26, 2019 2:49:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “This is our desire, this is our vision, that the 18th Congress will be a revitalized, more energized, more enlightened and a more inspired Congress for the people of the Philippines under the leadership of President Duterte,” External link

pna Wednesday, June 26, 2019 2:49:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “Ours is a herculean task. We have to live up to the expectation of President Duterte and of our people. With the help of every member of the 18th Congress, I am confident that we can help deliver the promises of President Duterte to our people,” External link

pna Wednesday, June 26, 2019 2:49:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “The President has shown consistently his concern for our soldiers in the battlefront. It is time for legislators to complement this presidential concern by providing the budget needed to uplift the living condition of our troops,” “The 18th Congress should also consider as a top priority the allocation of more budget for military personnel who are leading the fight against terrorists and extremists,” External link

pna Thursday, June 20, 2019 3:07:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “For one, I would seek a meeting with top military officials to consult them on the legislative measures that need to be prioritized so that government can address the concerns of soldiers and their families,” External link

pna Thursday, June 20, 2019 3:07:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We need to ensure that the AFP modernization program is on-track so that government troops would continue to serve the nation and protect the country from all threats,” External link

pna Thursday, June 20, 2019 3:07:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “I thank the President for the opportunity to see up close the problems that need an immediate solution. Working with him in seeking a solution to the country’s problems is a great working experience. For that, I will be eternally grateful,” External link

pna Thursday, June 20, 2019 3:07:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Benigno Aquino III ) : “The President saw the chaos at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 this (Monday) morning and he was not pleased that passengers had to endure congestion due to flight delays and cancellations. He said this is an urgent problem that need to be solved ASAP,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, June 10, 2019 11:07:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “President Duterte took it upon himsef to apologize personally to passengers who were affected by the flight delay and the cancellations. The President’s gesture was warmly received by the passengers,” “Having seen the disruption myself, I appeal to my fellow legislators to cross partylines and help government address the problem at the NAIA. Congress must act fast to seek funding for the rehabilitation and upgrades of our airports. The President cited Sangley, which he said must be upgraded the soonest time possible,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, June 10, 2019 11:07:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Benigno Aquino III ) : “The President saw the chaos at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 this (Monday) morning and he was not pleased that passengers had to endure congestion due to flight delays and cancellations. He said this is an urgent problem that need to be solved ASAP,” External link

thestandard-ph Monday, June 10, 2019 10:46:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “President Duterte took it upon himsef to apologize personally to passengers who were affected by the flight delay and the cancellations. The President’s gesture was warmly received by the passengers,” “Having seen the disruption myself, I appeal to my fellow legislators to cross partylines and help government address the problem at the NAIA. Congress must act fast to seek funding for the rehabilitation and upgrades of our airports. The President cited Sangley, which he said must be upgraded the soonest time possible,” External link

thestandard-ph Monday, June 10, 2019 10:46:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “It is high time for the Comelec to stop using Smartmatic, not only because it failed to provide efficient and reliable election technology, as can be seen from the numerous complaints, including the malfunction of several hundreds of its VCMs, but also due to the widespread distrust by the public of the PCOS machines or VCMs. The Smartmatic problem has become untenable and, in fact, become a threat to country’s democracy, particularly in maintaining the integrity and sanctity of the electoral processes,” External link

thestandard-ph Sunday, June 2, 2019 10:34:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “The groundwork for fiscal reform has been set. President Duterte’s fiscal reform is expected to take our economy to the next level of development,” “If we achieve the administration’s target of reducing poverty incidence to 14 percent by 2022, our country’s collective economic managers would have, in just two decades from 2001 to 2022, reduced poverty from 39 percent to 14 percent. This would be a collective achievement our generation can be proud of,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, May 27, 2019 11:24:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “The groundwork for fiscal reform has been set. President Duterte’s fiscal reform is expected to take our economy to the next level of development,” “If we achieve the administration’s target of reducing poverty incidence to 14 percent by 2022, our country’s collective economic managers would have, in just two decades from 2001 to 2022, reduced poverty from 39 percent to 14 percent. This would be a collective achievement our generation can be proud of,” External link

thestandard-ph Monday, May 27, 2019 10:59:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “Rest assured that the malasakit governance we have been implementing will continue to ensure that people who are less in life would enjoy more government malasakit under President Rodrigo Duterte through sufficient funding on education, health and other social services,” External link

thestandard-ph Thursday, May 23, 2019 10:32:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “The party-list group comprises 20 percent of the House of Representatives. We will work for their proper representation in various committees and budget allocations among others,” External link

thestandard-ph Thursday, May 23, 2019 10:32:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez told : “These are the things we will thresh out,” External link

thestandard-ph Thursday, May 23, 2019 10:32:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “The support of the Party-ist Coalition will be a big boost,” “You have to remember that the party-list group represents many sectors and marginalized sectors, and they represent the sectors that are not left behind. That is why this group is important. I took time to come here” External link

thestandard-ph Thursday, May 23, 2019 10:32:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “The party-list bloc is our partner for change and reforms to carry the speedy passage of President Duterte’s legislative agenda,” External link

thestandard-ph Thursday, May 23, 2019 10:32:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “The outstanding showing of President Duterte and Mayor Sara’s senatorial candidates only affirmed the solid support of majority of Filipino people to President Duterte,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, May 15, 2019 10:38:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We had a fruitful term in Congress and we will continue our malasakit (compassionate) legacy to carry out the legislative agenda of President Duterte. With the bills we passed, with the projects implemented and the leadership role that was given to us. Despite being a first-termer, we were able to deliver strong results, positively impacting the quality of life in our district, of course with the help of our partners, including Tingog,” External link

manilastandardtoday Saturday, May 11, 2019 10:28:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Now is the time for change and we need one strong voice that will fulfill the dreams, hopes, and aspirations of the people who have been battling poverty for a long time. Let’s give the Eastern Visayas the chance to be one of the country’s most competitive regions in the country,” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, May 10, 2019 10:38:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “Rest assured that the malasakit governance we have been implementing will continue to ensure that people who are less in life would enjoy more government’s malasakit under President Rodrigo Duterte through more funding on education, health, and other social services,” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, May 10, 2019 10:38:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We would like to reiterate our appreciation to all our supporters who joined us during the campaign period. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you very much,” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, May 10, 2019 10:38:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We hope to give one strong voice to the people of region and champion the cause of authentic regional development and make not only Region 8, but the entire country less vulnerable to disasters,” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, May 10, 2019 10:38:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “After getting back on our feet following Yolanda’s devastation, we are inspired by the challenge to make a much better Eastern Visayas,” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, May 10, 2019 10:38:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We will work harder to show that we are worthy of all your support. Our team is committed to fulfill our duties and responsibilities to provide Filipinos better lives,” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, May 10, 2019 10:38:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Eduardo Manalo ) : “I expressed my gratitude to the well-respected Iglesia Ni Cristo and Brother Eduardo V. Manalo for the endorsement extended to my candidacy and all the support given to me through the years. This will inspire me more to serve the people through my ‘malasakit’ advocacy,” External link

thestandard-ph Wednesday, May 8, 2019 10:47:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We will always solidly stand for the Iglesia Ni Cristo’s pursuit of helping the less fortunate people through its spiritual programs and malasakit [compassionate] livelihood and assistance programs,” External link

thestandard-ph Wednesday, May 8, 2019 10:47:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “I’m supporting the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in the preservation of the forest because of the habitat of this particular specie, the Philippine Eagle, very rare and endanger, and our national symbol, so we definitely have to continue in enforcing the laws, and the policies of national government will be on our pronouncement on the protection of forest cover, which is the natural habitat of the Philippine Eagle and other species,” External link

thestandard-ph Thursday, April 4, 2019 7:17:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “I was touched by this film, that we can do more. The Philippine Eagle Foundation has done a remarkable job, I will try to engage with them more,” External link

thestandard-ph Thursday, April 4, 2019 7:17:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “I was humbled by the mere mention of my name,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, March 19, 2019 11:40:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Sara Duterte ) : “I confirm the statement of Mayor Sara that I am interested in the Speakership race of the 18th Congress,” External link

pna Monday, March 4, 2019 1:35:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “For us to help prevent fire, we should always adhere in the promotion of public safety and follow safety measures,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, February 28, 2019 7:56:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We commend our firefighters and volunteers whose proudest moments are to save lives, homes and properties. They are always there, night and day, for us and not giving up the battle despite physical limitations and lack of support for their welfare,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, February 28, 2019 7:56:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We have to seriously invest more in modernizing the BFP for the best interest of the nation. Let us build fire stations and purchase modern equipment for our firefighters,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, February 28, 2019 7:56:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Their act of bravery as firefighters is a greatest accomplishment already because they are involved in a very noble calling and indeed, they very selfless people who put their lives on line. It is important for us not to forget them, instead we should always recognize and celebrate their heroism,” “The lives of our firefighters and fire victims are also in great danger if our firefighting equipment is not reliable,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, February 28, 2019 7:56:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We had a fruitful term in Congress, with the bills we passed, with the projects implemented and the leadership role that was given to us. Despite being a first-termer, we were able to deliver strong results, positively impacting the quality of life in our district, of course with the help of our partners, including Tingog,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, February 12, 2019 8:36:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We know the people and their concerns. We are more than willing to be their voice in Congress,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, February 12, 2019 8:36:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez added : “I have always been part of Tingog. In the three years that had the opportunity of representing the First District of Leyte in the House of Representatives, Tingog has always been one of our strongest, if not our foremost, partners and allies, in serving not only the First District which I represented, and also the rest of the region,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, February 12, 2019 8:36:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “This bill is intended to be a fitting tribute to the memory of all who died in the said disaster and to salute the selflessness of all volunteers and organizations who took part and contributed in the recovery and rehabilitation efforts of the communities affected by the typhoon,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, December 12, 2016 8:18:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Now we have seen that so much progress has been achieved in building back our communities even better, and we have to thank our Filipino and foreign friends as well as our national and local government for their continued leadership and support in the rehabilitation efforts,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, December 12, 2016 8:18:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “The fight has just begun. Our task now is to guarantee that all beneficiaries will fully enjoy the assistance that the law is offering,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, December 1, 2016 8:54:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “This will show ‘malasakit’ [compassion] and extend economic relief to retired private workers who are in their sunset years. The increase on their monthly pension is a good act of Congress to champion their plight,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, November 15, 2016 8:41:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “The Supreme Court has spoken and we should respect its decision so that we can put the matter to rest and give closure on this,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, November 8, 2016 8:44:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “You have inspired us and lifted our spirits. As you can see we have come a long way. But, we still have to work together,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, November 8, 2016 8:44:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Philip Goldberg ) : “We cannot forget his [Goldberg’s] help after the Super Typhoon ‘Yolanda’ destroyed most of our regions,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, October 19, 2016 8:19:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “This is a very important proposal that deserves the support of Congress. This would definitely give ample time for mothers to nurture, take care and breastfeed their newborn for the first 100 days,” External link

manilastandardtoday Saturday, October 15, 2016 7:50:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “I am very supportive of the bill because this will provide better benefits to ordinary working women. It’s really difficult to recover, especially if the delivery is through Caesarian, I can relate to this experience,” External link

manilastandardtoday Saturday, October 15, 2016 7:50:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez explained ( about Philippine Constitution ) : “We should remain steadfast in fighting discrimination against women, especially our Constitution recognizes the role of women in nation-building and promotes equality for them,” External link

manilastandardtoday Saturday, October 15, 2016 7:50:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Silvestre Bello ) : “We welcome the sincerity of President Duterte to talk peace and the statement of Secretary Bello to immediately provide jobs and livelihood assistance to our brothers and sisters in the communist movement,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, October 5, 2016 8:32:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We should institutionalize the comprehensive community-based programs to help our recovering drug dependents where concerned people will monitor their progress,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, September 22, 2016 7:25:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “It’s unfortunate that this good law has not been implemented. I hope the concerned department will enforce this to boost the performance of the Bureaus of Customs and Revenue,” “If they fall short of target revenue, the Attrition Law is there to impose sanctions and also provides incentives to the performers. That would have been a fair and transparent approach to ensure check and balance” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, September 16, 2016 12:58:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Let us support President Duterte’s strong resolve to address the worsening traffic. Congress should work on urgent related measures and policies to rectify the traffic situation because no one is spared from the crisis,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, September 14, 2016 8:15:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We can also study the proposal to ensure that necessary reforms in barangay and SK are put in place before another polls for these are held,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, September 13, 2016 7:58:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “The Philippines is one of the countries that is often visited by strong typhoons. Around 19 tropical storms enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility in a typical year and, of these, usually 6 or 9 make landfall,” External link

manilastandardtoday Saturday, September 10, 2016 10:35:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez added : “Despite the government’s efforts and preparations, thousands of people perished. Damage to business, property and agriculture were in such magnitude that economic activities were placed at a standstill,” External link

manilastandardtoday Saturday, September 10, 2016 10:35:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Philippine Constitution ) : “Philconsa is united behind the efforts of the President and the Speaker to revise the Constitution,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, August 31, 2016 8:48:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “There is also a broad consensus among the officials of the Executive, Congress and even the Comelec to suspend the polls,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, August 29, 2016 8:17:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “The good secretary assured us that some of the flights from various airports in the country will also be transferred to Clark airport,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, August 18, 2016 9:15:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “Let us support President Duterte’s program to seriously curb congestion at the Manila airport. We are very glad to contribute,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, August 18, 2016 9:15:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “It is the interest of our constituents and Filipino people that is foremost. The meeting was designed to strengthen the alliance of Lakas-CMD and PDP-Laban and support the legislative agenda of President Duterte,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, August 1, 2016 8:14:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Former President Arroyo is committed to help the country and she will do everything she can to the best of her knowledge and ability to contribute to nation building,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, August 1, 2016 8:14:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “President Duterte is a no-nonsense action man and very much determined to address graft and corruption,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, July 25, 2016 11:11:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “This will stir support for Congress to pass the FoI bill that was not passed in the last Congress,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, July 25, 2016 11:11:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez added : “will be a very good starter for other branches [judiciary and legislature] to follow because this reform is about a clean, accountable, and transparent government,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, July 25, 2016 11:11:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez added : “We have been saying from the beginning that she was a victim of political persecution and her acquittal proved this. The plunder case stemmed from her exercise of her right as President to take part in the government,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, July 19, 2016 7:59:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez added : “She has suffered enough during her incarceration. Her critics must respect the ruling,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, July 19, 2016 7:59:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “It was a great, impressive, concise and direct-to-the-point speech,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, June 30, 2016 8:51:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Commission ) : “He is committed to carry genuine change. The public, Congress and CHR [Commission on Human Rights] should give him full support in his fight against criminality, illegal drugs and corruption in light of his commitment to respect the rule of law,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, June 30, 2016 8:51:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “My best wishes for the success of President-elect Rody, let us rally behind to support his administration for the betterment of Filipinos,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, May 30, 2016 7:44:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez added : “President-elect Rody has a clear vision for the country and has a great ability to get the job done. We look forward to a productive government that will heal political bickering, continue to inspire and influence many Filipinos to work for the inclusive growth in the countryside,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, May 30, 2016 7:44:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “She is a former president who can contribute to the development of the country, a brilliant and a working one,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, May 23, 2016 8:01:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “We concur with the coalition agreement. This is not similar to the coalition agreement we signed with the PDP-Laban. This is to strengthen the support of legislative agenda of incoming President Rody Duterte under the leadership of Alvarez as Speaker,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, May 23, 2016 8:01:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “The coalition for change agreement signifies our willingness to cooperate with one another in bringing out the change and reforms that incoming President Duterte wants,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, May 18, 2016 7:41:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : "The coalition for change agreement signifies our willingness to cooperate with one another in bringing out the change and reforms that incoming President Duterte wants," External link

sunstar Wednesday, May 18, 2016 4:25:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : "The agreement is about working for change. We will work together under the Duterte presidency to push people’s interests," External link

sunstar Wednesday, May 18, 2016 4:25:00 PM EAT



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Joey Salceda said ( about Martin Romualdez ) : “We are confident that this will breeze through the House, as the Majority Leader (Ferdinand Martin Romualdez), who also chairs the House Defeat COVID-19 Committee, is our lead sponsor,” External link

thestandard-ph Monday, November 23, 2020 10:13:00 PM EAT

Joey Salceda said ( about Martin Romualdez ) : “We are confident that this will breeze through the House, as the Majority Leader (Ferdinand Martin Romualdez), who also chairs the House Defeat COVID-19 Committee, is our lead sponsor,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, November 23, 2020 9:56:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Martin Romualdez ) : "to lay the groundwork that will expedite our people's adaptation to the demands of the new normal life”. Romualdez said the bill aims to prepare and educate Filipinos for life after the lifting of the restrictions imposed by the national government and local government units (LGUs) to contain the spread of Covid-19 through new norms of social or physical distancing and safety measures in government and private offices, schools, commercial establishments, and other public spaces. “As soon as we adapt to the new normal, businesses can resume operations and workers can go back to their jobs without fear of contracting the dreaded coronavirus. Through physical distancing and other stringent safety and health protocols, we can also keep our families safe and prevent the spread of Covid-19 in our communities," External link

pna Thursday, May 28, 2020 9:56:00 AM EAT

Salvador Panelo told ( about Martin Romualdez ) : “It came out of the blue, while we were chatting with him [Romualdez],” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, July 12, 2019 10:16:00 PM EAT

Rodrigo Duterte told ( about Martin Romualdez ) : “He (Romualdez) is a good person. If he wants it, then I will [endorse],” External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, July 12, 2019 12:16:00 PM EAT

Joey Sarte Salceda said ( about Martin Romualdez ) : “We unanimously agreed to follow the wish of the President on the speakership and Martin is accepting the position of the majority leader,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, July 9, 2019 11:00:00 PM EAT

Joey Salceda said ( about Martin Romualdez ) : “We unanimously agreed to follow the wish of the President on the speakership, and Martin is accepting the position of Majority Leader… no ifs, no buts, no unless and no excepts,” External link

inquirer Tuesday, July 9, 2019 3:12:00 PM EAT

Joey Salceda said ( about Martin Romualdez ) : “We unanimously agreed to follow the wish of the President on the Speakership, and Martin is accepting the position of Majority Leader no ifs or buts, no except or unless,” External link

pna Tuesday, July 9, 2019 2:29:00 PM EAT

Rodrigo R Duterte said ( about Martin Romualdez ) : “I did not talk to him. Ang nakausap ko lang si Martin, si Lord, pati si Cayetano (I only spoke to Martin, Lord and Cayetano),” External link

pna Tuesday, July 9, 2019 4:51:00 AM EAT

Rodrigo Duterte said ( about Martin Romualdez ) : “Siya nga unang nagsabi sa akin, and I promised him. Then Lord [Velasco], sabi ko let us see, kay [Martin] Romualdez, sabi ko let us see what develops. There might be some developments, eh wala eh, then pagka ganito, it’s time for me to talk, I will insist na kung ano yung pinag usapan natin, yun ang sundin natin,” External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, July 8, 2019 5:08:00 PM EAT

Joey Salceda said ( about Martin Romualdez ) : “Congressman Martin is primus inter pares material in Congress,” External link

manilastandardtoday Sunday, July 7, 2019 10:17:00 PM EAT

Danilo Suarez said ( about Martin Romualdez ) : “He is the most experienced and competent candidate and can handily win the speakership race in a free for all fight. Martin is a very credible leader who has the respect of his colleagues. His commitment to help President Duterte, especially in approving vital bills is beyond question,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, July 3, 2019 10:51:00 PM EAT

Mike Defensor said ( about Martin Romualdez ) : “Many if not... the majority of the House membership knew that congressman Martin Romualdez had the numbers. [T]erm sharing would easily cancel him out,” “But now that the President already decided against term sharing, it will be up to each member of Congress to vote for who they think is best to lead Congress and to be part of the national leadership in pushing this nation forward under the administration of the President,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, July 1, 2019 6:09:00 PM EAT

Joey Salceda said ( about Martin Romualdez ) : “We are 100 percent behind Congressman Martin as speaker. We need to get his views on how to make the next Congress more effective in legislating the laws that are beneficial to our countrymen,” External link

thestandard-ph Wednesday, June 26, 2019 9:54:00 PM EAT

Fredenil Castro said ( about Martin Romualdez ) : “This is just the beginning, possibly the spark needed to unite the 18th Congress. In the coming days and weeks, other congressmen who already signed the manifesto of support for our Speaker, Cong. Martin, will also come out in the open and join us in our gatherings,” External link

pna Wednesday, June 26, 2019 2:49:00 PM EAT

Joey Salceda said ( about Martin Romualdez ) : “We are 100 percent behind Cong. Martin as Speaker. We need to get his views on how to make the next Congress more effective in legislating the laws that are beneficial to our countrymen,” External link

pna Wednesday, June 26, 2019 2:49:00 PM EAT

Joey Salceda said ( about Martin Romualdez ) : “We have 40 lawmakers from the PDP-Laban supporting Cong. Romualdez as Speaker,” External link

pna Wednesday, June 26, 2019 2:49:00 PM EAT

Michael Defensor said ( about Martin Romualdez ) : “Members of the party list coalition agreed to vote as a bloc. The majority, however, that I have spoken to has already indicated their preference for Cong. Martin as Speaker. If the election for Speaker will be held today, Cong. Martin, definitely has the numbers,” External link

pna Wednesday, June 26, 2019 2:49:00 PM EAT

Mike Defensor said ( about Martin Romualdez ) : “When you speak of speakership, you need to have an excellent interpersonal relationship with each and every member of the House and clearly with the mandate given to Congressman Romualdez, it goes to show his good relationship with the majority of the lawmakers,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, June 18, 2019 10:38:00 PM EAT

Fredenil Castro said ( about Martin Romualdez ) : “Martin’s character has an overwhelming edge as against the other candidates,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, June 18, 2019 10:38:00 PM EAT

Mike Defensor said ( about Martin Romualdez ) : “They are all my friends and can serve as Speaker. But Congressmen Romualdez and Cayetano have the leadership depth and the capacity to navigate the House in terms of needed legislation. They have the experience, competence, and caliber to lead the members of the House,” External link

pna Tuesday, June 18, 2019 9:21:00 AM EAT

Fredenil Castro said ( about Martin Romualdez ) : “And Martin, initially having been benefited by the voluntary endorsement of more than 153 members of the House, is something that has to be reckoned with,” External link

pna Tuesday, June 18, 2019 9:21:00 AM EAT

Danilo Suarez said ( about Martin Romualdez ) : “He is the most experienced and competent candidate and can handily win the speakership race in a free for all fight. Martin is a very credible leader who has the respect of his colleagues. His commitment to help President Duterte, especially in approving vital bills is beyond question,” External link

thestandard-ph Wednesday, June 12, 2019 10:53:00 PM EAT

Jericho Nograles said ( about Martin Romualdez ) : "I observed that our party-list lawmakers are one in the belief that under a Velasco or a Romualdez Speakership, we will be treated fairly and the concerns of our constituents will be heard and respected. Some of the wannabes who have tried to reach out to us obviously have a different view of party-list groups," External link

pna Tuesday, June 11, 2019 3:46:00 PM EAT

Danilo Suarez said ( about Martin Romualdez ) : "If the President is comfortable with Martin, there is no difference because their thinking is that Martin can deliver and work closely with the House members. Martin has a good background in economics," External link

pna Tuesday, June 11, 2019 3:46:00 PM EAT

Danilo Suarez said ( about Martin Romualdez ) : “Many PDP have signed to support Martin, as long as there are no marching orders from the Palace,” External link

pna Tuesday, June 11, 2019 3:46:00 PM EAT

Jericho Nograles said ( about Martin Romualdez ) : “I observed that our partylist congressmen are one in the belief that under a Velasco or a Romualdez speakership, we will be treated fairly and the concerns of our constituents will be heard and respected,” External link

manilatimes Tuesday, June 11, 2019 10:00:00 AM EAT

Danilo Suarez said ( about Martin Romualdez ) : “Congressman Romualdez has a long track record of good leadership,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, June 5, 2019 4:19:00 PM EAT

Danilo Suarez said ( about Martin Romualdez ) : “Congressman Romualdez has a long track record of good leadership,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, June 4, 2019 10:30:00 PM EAT

Danilo Suarez said ( about Martin Romualdez ) : “It is our manifesto of support for Martin,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, May 22, 2019 11:11:00 PM EAT

Danilo Suarez said ( about Martin Romualdez ) : “I am just talking about present developments, I don’t think the other candidates have circulated a manifesto of support, but the only one I know who has that many endorsement is Congresman Romualdez as of now,” External link

pna Wednesday, May 22, 2019 3:45:00 PM EAT

Rodrigo Duterte said ( about Martin Romualdez ) : “Si Congressman Martin Romualdez ang susunod na Speaker of the House (Congressman Martin Romualdez is the next House Speaker),” External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, March 19, 2019 4:41:00 PM EAT

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Martin Romualdez said : “At a ripe age of 79, he never got tired of reporting for work to serve his constituents even at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic,” “May your memories as a dedicated public servant — one of Cebu’s best — never be forgotten,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, November 17, 2020 11:04:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Raul del Mar ) : “I am deeply saddened by the news that my good friend and colleague, Representative Raul Del Mar, has left us to join his Creator. My sympathies go out to the love of his life his family, friends and constituents in Cebu City,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, November 17, 2020 9:40:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Raul del Mar ) : “I am deeply saddened by the news that my good friend and colleague, Representative Raul Del Mar, has left us to join his Creator. My sympathies go out to the love of his life his family, friends and constituents in Cebu City,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, November 17, 2020 9:17:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “At a ripe age of 79, he never got tired of reporting for work to serve his constituents even at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic,” “May your memories as a dedicated public servant—one of Cebu’s best— never be forgotten,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, November 17, 2020 11:39:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We discussed ways on how to expedite the approval of pending legislative measures in compliance with Speaker Velasco’s directive to hit the ground running. The concerned committees for these measures may meet for just one hearing and immediately refer the committee reports for plenary deliberation,” External link

tribuneonline Friday, November 13, 2020 8:09:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “committees are authorized to dispose of priority measures already filed and approved on third reading by the immediately preceding Congress” External link

tribuneonline Friday, November 13, 2020 8:09:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We discussed ways on how to expedite the approval of pending legislative measures in compliance with Speaker Velasco’s directive to hit the ground running,” External link

pna Friday, November 13, 2020 9:17:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “All other priority measures to be identified by the Speaker as his priority bills are expected to face easy sailing in the House of Representatives,” External link

pna Friday, November 13, 2020 9:17:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Senate Finance ) : “I have explicit instructions from Speaker Lord Allan Velasco. We have to prioritize these 12 bills that were endorsed by Secretary Sonny Dominguez as part of the legislative priorities of the Department of Finance,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, November 10, 2020 9:51:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez added : “These legislative imperatives, according to Secretary Dominguez, are needed to help ensure that the economy recovers quickly from the corona-induced crisis in a strong, sustainable, and resilient manner,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, November 10, 2020 9:51:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “I have no doubt that the House of Representatives will be able to pass all these measures before the onset of the election fever next year. We are committed in helping our economic managers set in place the bold reforms that the Duterte administration has started to keep the economy strong and resilient,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, November 10, 2020 9:51:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Senate Finance ) : “Once these measures were approved by the Senate and enacted into laws, we expect the Philippines to keep its status as one of the emerging economies in the world in terms of financial strength and economic resilience,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, November 10, 2020 9:51:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Senate Finance ) : “I have explicit instructions from Speaker Lord Allan Velasco. We have to prioritize these 12 bills that were endorsed by Secretary Sonny Dominguez as part of the legislative priorities of the Department of Finance,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, November 10, 2020 9:14:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez added : “These legislative imperatives, according to Secretary Dominguez, are needed to help ensure that the economy recovers quickly from the corona-induced crisis in a strong, sustainable, and resilient manner,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, November 10, 2020 9:14:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “I have no doubt that the House of Representatives will be able to pass all these measures before the onset of the election fever next year. We are committed in helping our economic managers set in place the bold reforms that the Duterte administration has started to keep the economy strong and resilient,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, November 10, 2020 9:14:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Senate Finance ) : “Once these measures were approved by the Senate and enacted into laws, we expect the Philippines to keep its status as one of the emerging economies in the world in terms of financial strength and economic resilience,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, November 10, 2020 9:14:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Carlos Dominguez ) : “These legislative imperatives, according to Secretary Dominguez, are needed to help ensure that the economy recovers quickly from the corona-induced crisis in a strong, sustainable, and resilient manner,” External link

pna Tuesday, November 10, 2020 11:35:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “We are committed in helping our economic managers set in place the bold reforms that the Duterte administration has started to keep the economy strong and resilient,” External link

pna Tuesday, November 10, 2020 11:35:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Once these measures were approved by the Senate and enacted into laws, we expect the Philippines to keep its status as one of the emerging economies in the world in terms of financial strength and economic resilience,” External link

pna Tuesday, November 10, 2020 11:35:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez noted ( about Deputy Speaker ) : “We can see that our esteemed and hardworking colleagues have long acknowledged the need to step-up our fight against corruption by filing these bills. Upon instruction of the Speaker, we will back the swift passage of these timely bills in line with our commitment to support President Duterte’s order to investigate corruption in all levels of governance,” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, November 5, 2020 3:44:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We initially identified five anti-corruption measures and submitted these to Speaker Lord Allan Velasco for his consideration,” “We hope that we can gear towards the passage of these bills before this year ends, or early next year” External link

pna Thursday, November 5, 2020 8:55:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “These bills intend to combat red-tape, and graft and corruption in all fronts, starting from the education of our students, up to the support for informants and witnesses and the creation of a National Independent Commission Against Corruption,” External link

pna Thursday, November 5, 2020 8:55:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “It pains us to see their empty chairs in the plenary hall, but we are comforted by the fact that they fought valiantly against their illness in order to carry on with their unselfish devotion to public service. Our fallen comrades may be gone, but I am sure that their memories will linger on forever in the hearts and minds of those whose lives they had touched,” External link

tribuneonline Friday, October 30, 2020 9:33:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Today, I join Speaker Lord Allan Velasco and my colleagues in the House of Representatives in paying tribute to four of our members in the 18th Congress who died in service to the Filipino people, but were not given the honors traditionally conferred due to the limitations imposed by the coronavirus pandemic,” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, October 30, 2020 8:58:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Today, I join Speaker Lord Allan Velasco and my colleagues in the House of Representatives in paying tribute to four of our members in the 18th Congress who died in service to the Filipino people, but were not given the honors traditionally conferred due to the limitations imposed by the coronavirus pandemic,” External link

thestandard-ph Friday, October 30, 2020 8:53:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “It pains us to see their empty chairs in the plenary hall, but we are comforted by the fact that they fought valiantly against their illness in order to carry on with their unselfish devotion to public service,” “Our fallen comrades may be gone, but I am sure that their memories will linger on forever in the hearts and minds of those whose lives they had touched” External link

pna Friday, October 30, 2020 10:38:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “In an effort to further the President’s advocacy against corruption, the House of Representatives would work harder to fast-track the approval of all pending measures related to the anti-red tape and anti-corruption campaign of the Duterte administration,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, October 28, 2020 10:42:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “In an effort to further the President’s advocacy against corruption, the House of Representatives would work harder to fast-track the approval of all pending measures related to the anti-red tape and anti-corruption campaign of the Duterte administration,” External link

thestandard-ph Wednesday, October 28, 2020 10:34:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “In an effort to further the President's advocacy against corruption, the House of Representatives would work harder to fast-track the approval of all pending measures related to the anti-red tape and anti-corruption campaign of the Duterte administration,” External link

pna Wednesday, October 28, 2020 10:50:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “We are always in full support of the marching orders from President Duterte for Congress to go all out in helping curb red tape and corruption in all levels of governance,” External link

pna Wednesday, October 28, 2020 10:50:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We are committed to work harder, smarter and more efficiently when Congress resumes session on 16 November,” “As part of our tradition, we are going to hit the ground running to pass vital pieces of legislation,” External link

tribuneonline Sunday, October 18, 2020 7:59:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We are committed to work harder, smarter, and more efficiently when Congress resumes session on 16 November,” “As part of our tradition, we are going to hit the ground running to pass vital pieces of legislation,” External link

tribuneonline Sunday, October 18, 2020 2:23:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Deputy Speaker ) : “Upon the directive of the President and the instruction of Speaker Velasco, the House of Representatives will work on the passage of the anti-red tape measure before we adjourn the special session,” External link

thestandard-ph Friday, October 16, 2020 11:32:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Deputy Speaker ) : “Upon the directive of the President and the instruction of Speaker Velasco, the House of Representatives will work on the passage of the anti-red tape measure before we adjourn the special session,” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, October 16, 2020 11:29:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Upon the directive of the President and the instruction of Speaker Velasco, the House of Representatives will work on the passage of the anti-red tape measure before we adjourn the special session,” External link

pna Friday, October 16, 2020 9:31:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez noted : “The President is tired of continued corruption. He wants a legacy that genuine reforms are implemented under his term. He stressed that any delay in the release of business permits is tantamount to corruption,” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, October 15, 2020 11:49:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez added ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “Under the leadership of Speaker Velasco, we are in full support of the marching orders from President Duterte for Congress to go all out in helping curb red tape and corruption in all levels of governance. We have to help the President in his campaign to put a stop to deep-rooted, systemic and systematic corruption in government,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, October 15, 2020 11:13:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Upon the directive of the President and the instruction of Speaker Velasco, the House of Representatives will work on the passage of the anti-red tape measure before we adjourn the special session,” External link

pna Thursday, October 15, 2020 9:53:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “House leaders under the leadership of Speaker Lord Allan Velasco are in full agreement with the Chief Executive to fast-track the approval of all pending measures related to the anti-red tape and anti-corruption campaign of the government,” External link

pna Wednesday, October 14, 2020 12:48:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We appeal to our colleagues to give their full cooperation in ensuring the swift enactment of a legal and constitutional General Appropriations Bill (GAB) as requested by President Duterte to support his vision for the nation in the years to come,” External link

thestandard-ph Saturday, October 10, 2020 12:34:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez added : “The members of the super majority and our colleagues from the constructive minority bloc are one with the Duterte administration in the implementation of its comprehensive plan to rebuild the Philippine economy, defeat COVID-19 and ensure that government services are not derailed,” External link

thestandard-ph Saturday, October 10, 2020 12:34:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez added : “Lakas-CMD is gaining momentum in its goal to strengthen its ranks in the House of Representatives. We will continue this feat in the coming months by strengthening our support for our 19 regular members and 17 party-list allies,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, September 29, 2020 7:19:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “While we work with this administration, Lakas-CMD will also push for a common legislative agenda that will address the concerns of all sectors, especially those that are affected by the pandemic,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, September 29, 2020 7:19:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We all had a meeting of the mind, for everybody to help the President in his campaign to put a stop to deep-rooted, systemic and systematic corruption in government,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, September 17, 2020 8:14:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez added : “President was also emphatic when he reiterated his desire to cut red tape in government. The people should not have a hard time doingtransactions with the government,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, September 17, 2020 8:14:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We will also discuss what are the other pressing complaints from the public that the House may need to address through the exercise of our legislative function. Definitely, the investigations being conducted by the House committees on good government and public accounts will continue,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, September 17, 2020 8:14:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We all had a meeting of the mind, for everybody to help the President in his campaign to put a stop to deep-rooted, systemic and systematic corruption in government,” External link

thestandard-ph Thursday, September 17, 2020 8:01:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez added : “President was also emphatic when he reiterated his desire to cut red tape in government. The people should not have a hard time doingtransactions with the government,” External link

thestandard-ph Thursday, September 17, 2020 8:01:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We will also discuss what are the other pressing complaints from the public that the House may need to address through the exercise of our legislative function. Definitely, the investigations being conducted by the House committees on good government and public accounts will continue,” External link

thestandard-ph Thursday, September 17, 2020 8:01:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “The PHP7,598,736,000 under Republic Act 11465 (General Appropriations Act of 2020), is expected to serve 266,938 enrolled individuals,” External link

pna Wednesday, September 16, 2020 12:30:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Our hybrid and virtual budget briefings and consultations will proceed so that we will have enough time to raise various concerns. We also appeal to our colleagues to avoid repetitive questions during the deliberations,” External link

thestandard-ph Monday, September 7, 2020 8:34:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Our hybrid and virtual budget briefings and consultations will proceed so that we will have enough time to raise various concerns. We also appeal to our colleagues to avoid repetitive questions during the deliberations,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, September 7, 2020 7:52:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Our President has laid out the survival and recovery roadmap for us to consider. We, in the House of Representatives, are in full support of this plan and are ready to face the challenges spelled out by our President,” External link

pna Thursday, September 3, 2020 2:08:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “I am deeply grateful for the support that this bill has been receiving and hopeful that this will provide the recognition and protection of all foundlings in the country,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, September 2, 2020 8:56:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “This proposed measure has been thoroughly considered with the kind assistance and valuable inputs from our resource persons as well as the members of the Committee,” “We will do our best to ensure the immediate approval of the bill in the House of Representatives. We are committed to promote and protect the rights of the abandoned children” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, September 2, 2020 8:56:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez explained : "This will allow Congress to exercise its oversight function more efficiently in monitoring how these funds are disbursed to the beneficiaries. We do not want repeat of Bayanihan 1 where absence of database resulted to confusion in distribution of funds," External link

thestandard-ph Monday, August 24, 2020 8:56:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : "From Day One of the implementation of law, the House of Representatives will closely monitor how government agencies disburse the budget allocated to them. Delays in disbursing funds to the needy are no longer acceptable," External link

thestandard-ph Sunday, August 23, 2020 9:06:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : "This will allow Congress to exercise its oversight function more efficiently in monitoring how these funds are disbursed to the beneficiaries. We do not want a repeat of Bayanihan 1 where absence of database resulted in confusion in distribution of funds," External link

thestandard-ph Sunday, August 23, 2020 9:06:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : "We have all learned our lessons in the implementation of Bayanihan Act. We now have to ensure that the money goes where it matters the most. No duplication of beneficiaries, but no one left behind," External link

thestandard-ph Sunday, August 23, 2020 9:06:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We seek to lay the groundwork that will expedite our people's adaptation to the demands of the new normal life,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, August 11, 2020 5:37:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “As soon as we adapt to the new normal, businesses can resume operations and workers can go back to their jobs without fear of contracting the dreaded coronavirus,” “Through physical distancing and other stringent safety and health protocols, we can also keep our families safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. We have no choice but to adapt to the new normal. The soonest time possible, the better” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, August 11, 2020 5:37:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez added : “We have to act decisively. Not tomorrow but today. We cannot be kept hostage in our homes forever in this age of the pandemic” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, August 11, 2020 5:37:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : "The House leadership decided on the suspension of Wednesday's session only after the chamber approved on third and final reading the Bayanihan to Recover as One Bill and four other national bills which are part of the government's COVID response measures," External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, August 11, 2020 3:53:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “As of May 25, the Office of Cybercrime under the Department of Justice received 279,166 cyber tips from March to May 2020, compared to 76,561 cyber tips over the same period in 2019. That translates to an increase of 264.63 percent,” “A study by the United Nations Children’s Fund showed that one in five Filipino children are vulnerable to OSEC, with boys found to be as vulnerable to sexual exploitation as girls,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, August 10, 2020 8:33:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “As of May 25, the Office of Cybercrime under the Department of Justice received 279,166 cyber tips from March to May 2020, compared to 76,561 cyber tips over the same period in 2019. That translates to an increase of 264.63 percent,” “A study by the United Nations Children’s Fund showed that one in five Filipino children are vulnerable to OSEC, with boys found to be as vulnerable to sexual exploitation as girls,” External link

thestandard-ph Monday, August 10, 2020 7:55:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “The House had already passed on third and final reading some of the measures mentioned by the President on Monday such as the CREATE, and the bill creating the Department of Overseas Filipinos. Others are either being deliberated at the committees or at the plenary,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, July 28, 2020 11:39:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We, in the House of Representatives, are committed to deliver to the President the measures needed to support his vision for the nation in the years to come. We are ready to take on the challenge,” “Despite the uncertain times brought by the global pandemic, we will ensure that the administration’s priority bills will be realized with efficiency for the welfare of the Filipino people” External link

pna Tuesday, July 28, 2020 12:47:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We expect that the Senate will work hand-in-hand with the House to smoothen the deliberations and passage of these vital bills,” “Of course, this will be done without sacrificing the quality of debates and discussions in both the committee and plenary levels” External link

pna Tuesday, July 28, 2020 12:47:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We must move swiftly to encourage their continued operations and maintain employment levels,” External link

pna Tuesday, July 28, 2020 10:59:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “As I see it, his mission is threefoldfirst, to protect the Filipino nation from hunger and poverty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic; second, to save precious human lives and minimize the number of people infected by the virus; and third, to ramp up budgetary measures needed to fully implement a responsive and sustainable recovery plan. In short: Kabuhayan, Kaligtasan, and Kaunlaran,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, July 28, 2020 12:33:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “As I see it, his mission is threefoldfirst, to protect the Filipino nation from hunger and poverty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic; second, to save precious human lives and minimize the number of people infected by the virus; and third, to ramp up budgetary measures needed to fully implement a responsive and sustainable recovery plan. In short: Kabuhayan, Kaligtasan, and Kaunlaran,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, July 28, 2020 12:09:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We, here in the House of Representatives, are ready to face the challenges spelled out by our President in his SONA. As partners in nation-building, we commit ourselves to the realization of the state’s concrete plans and the passage of the priority legislative measures provided by the President,” External link

pna Monday, July 27, 2020 4:18:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “It is time for businesses to resume. This will help reopen our economy, preserve jobs and show malasakit [compassion] to our medical front liners,” External link

thestandard-ph Sunday, July 19, 2020 11:55:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Despite being overworked, underpaid and at great risk, our health-care workers have remained committed to their mandate. They are our heroes for spearheading the fight against the COVID-19,” “We have to protect our medical workers from the stress of their work by ensuring that they have a safe and comfortable place to stay. Rest assured that your representatives in Congress are in close coordination with the Executive department in trying to find ways to minimize the economic impact and social cost of COVID-19” External link

thestandard-ph Sunday, July 19, 2020 11:55:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We are still awaiting the official communication from the Palace,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, July 2, 2020 10:35:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Silvestre Bello ) : “This is a very difficult moment for the families whose loved ones died while working hard abroad. We support and hail the malasakit (compassionate) proposal of Sec. Bello to bring back home the remains of our kababayans,” External link

manilastandardtoday Saturday, June 27, 2020 10:23:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Labor ) : "The Department of Labor and Employment is not discounting the possibility that 10 million workers will lose their jobs this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We acted with dispatch in approving the ARISE Philippines Act to save our people from joblessness and their families from starvation," External link

thestandard-ph Sunday, June 7, 2020 10:45:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “In accordance with our rules, I move that we authorize all committees to conduct meetings, if deemed necessary, during the adjournment sine die of the First Regular Session of the 18th Congress,” External link

pna Friday, June 5, 2020 12:22:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “The approval of the economic stimulus package [ARISE] will ensure the availability of jobs and the continuity of business for millions of Filipinos. It is a stimulus program that seeks to restore our economic growth, maintain employment levels and expand the country's productive capacity,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, June 2, 2020 10:05:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We have to jumpstart our economic activities while keeping our people healthy at the soonest time possible to ensure our survival as a nation,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, June 2, 2020 10:05:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “As we create more jobs and try to jumpstart our economy, we also need to work double time to ensure that health standards and protocols are geared toward protecting the vulnerable sectors of our society,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, June 2, 2020 10:05:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We recognize each person’s fundamental right to be free from discrimination in this time of COVID-19 pandemic. Equality should be observed at all times,” External link

manilastandardtoday Sunday, May 31, 2020 11:48:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We must work doubly hard not only to arrive at the decision on whether to grant the franchise application of ABS-CBN but more importantly, to craft and put into fruition the passage of the priority measures relative to the fight against the pandemic, and the eventual defeat of COVID-19. Thus, it is only in this premise and context that I support the continuous hearings of the Committee on Legislative Franchises on the franchise application of ABS-CBN,” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, May 28, 2020 10:53:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We need to have these bills enacted into law as soon as possible if we want to rescue our people from further harm and even starvation in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic,” “The lives and livelihood of our countrymen depends on these measures” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, May 28, 2020 10:47:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We all know that dole-outs do not provide a sustainable living to the people. It is incumbent upon us to come up with an economic stimulus package that assures sustainable employment and an improved economy,” “We seek to create millions of jobs that will spring from infrastructure projects in the rural areas and, eventually, will lead to the recovery of the economy” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, May 28, 2020 10:47:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “As we create more jobs and try to jumpstart our economy, we also need to work double-time to ensure that health standards and protocols are geared towards protecting the vulnerable sectors of our society,” External link

pna Thursday, May 28, 2020 12:38:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Martin Romualdez ) : "to lay the groundwork that will expedite our people's adaptation to the demands of the new normal life”. Romualdez said the bill aims to prepare and educate Filipinos for life after the lifting of the restrictions imposed by the national government and local government units (LGUs) to contain the spread of Covid-19 through new norms of social or physical distancing and safety measures in government and private offices, schools, commercial establishments, and other public spaces. “As soon as we adapt to the new normal, businesses can resume operations and workers can go back to their jobs without fear of contracting the dreaded coronavirus. Through physical distancing and other stringent safety and health protocols, we can also keep our families safe and prevent the spread of Covid-19 in our communities," External link

pna Thursday, May 28, 2020 9:56:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “I enjoin all House members to throw their support behind this bill. I pray that through the collaborative of all stakeholders, we can further fine-tune this proposal and come up with a refined version that will greatly benefit our fellow countrymen and move our country forward,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, May 27, 2020 11:35:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez told : “These measures are not the panacea to all our problems. But these pieces of legislation may be considered as the next step in our calibrated response to ease the suffering of our people,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, May 26, 2020 10:52:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : "When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, government efforts were focused on containing the spread of the virus and saving lives through necessary quarantine measures. The speed and magnitude of the collapse in our economic activity was unlike any other that we have experienced in our lifetime," External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, May 26, 2020 10:52:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “While boosting our country's economic potential, we also approved a bill that aims to protect the life and limb of our health who are now workers on the frontline of our war against COVID-19. We are moving to grant them full and inviolable protection against all forms of prejudice and discrimination as they continue to provide medical care, logistical and service support to our people in this age of pandemic,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, May 26, 2020 10:52:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “The FIST measure seeks to strengthen the financial sector in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis through the rehabilitation of distressed businesses and improving the liquidity of the financial system,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, May 26, 2020 10:52:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “I will move in plenary session, prior to its adjournment sine die, to authorize not only this Committee but all the Committees, to conduct its hearings and deliberations on noteworthy and meaningful proposed legislations even on recess,” External link

pna Tuesday, May 26, 2020 2:04:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : "seeks to strengthen the financial sector through rehabilitation of distressed businesses and improving liquidity of the financial system," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, May 26, 2020 10:02:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “The economic stimulus program is meant to ensure business operations and job retention in this time of Covid-19 pandemic,” External link

pna Tuesday, May 26, 2020 8:22:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Immediately after consideration, the committee reports and recommendations are scheduled for plenary deliberations to address the unprecedented health crisis,” External link

thestandard-ph Monday, May 25, 2020 8:44:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Immediately after consideration, the committee reports and recommendations are scheduled for plenary deliberations to address the unprecedented health crisis,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, May 25, 2020 8:25:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Our efforts under the leadership of Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano are relentless and persistent to create a safe, adaptive and resilient Philippines to fight Covid-19 by producing clear-cut and defining legislation,” External link

manilatimes Monday, May 25, 2020 8:00:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “The Committee on Legislative Franchises will take the lead in hearing the matters of the ABS[-CBN], as well as the other franchises pending before it. They are ready, able and willing to act with expediency to meet the urgency of the franchise applications,” External link

manilatimes Tuesday, May 19, 2020 3:42:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “The President’s action demonstrates his compassion for the millions of overseas Filipino workers whom we hail as 'bagong bayani' for keeping the economy afloat with their regular remittances. Instead, we have to continue working on providing assistance to them to survive the coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19) pandemic. They have been enduring many hardships, including extended separation from their families and loved ones". Romualdez said the President's "(order) reflects his (President Duterte) sincere commitment to help and protect our OFWs in this time of COVID-19 crisis. "OFWs are our global rockstars. They have been recognized internationally for being hard workers, who work with dignity and pride, very hospitable head with unparalleled resourcefulness in their undertakings,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, May 5, 2020 4:51:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “The President’s action demonstrates his compassion for the millions of overseas Filipino workers whom we hail as 'bagong bayani' for keeping the economy afloat with their regular remittances. Instead, we have to continue working on providing assistance to them to survive the coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19) pandemic. They have been enduring many hardships, including extended separation from their families and loved ones". Romualdez said the President's "(order) reflects his (President Duterte) sincere commitment to help and protect our OFWs in this time of COVID-19 crisis. "OFWs are our global rockstars. They have been recognized internationally for being hard workers, who work with dignity and pride, very hospitable head with unparalleled resourcefulness in their undertakings,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, May 5, 2020 4:51:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We are going to hit the ground running. Time to roll up our sleeves once again and work double-time to pass anti-Covid-19 measures. This is our commitment to support all the efforts of President Duterte to win the Covid-19 battle and ensure the country’s survival from the pandemic,” External link

manilatimes Sunday, May 3, 2020 8:08:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “For reasons of exigency and the health and safety of our members and the public, we’re going to amend our rules and limit to 25 lawmakers the physical attendees to the Session Hall and the rest will join us via video conferencing on Zoom,” External link

manilatimes Sunday, May 3, 2020 8:08:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We know that when people are hungry, frustrated and angry, the potential for social unrest, violence, and confusion increases. This threat of social upheaval would greatly undermine our ability to fight the COVID-19 pandemic,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, April 28, 2020 9:55:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “In the face of adversity, we have no choice but to remain steadfast, resolute, and optimistic as we work tirelessly in the service of the Filipino people. We, your Representatives, are your eyes and ears on the ground, and your voice on the national stage,” “Rest assured that the House of Representatives is working towards crafting a solution to help ensure the promotion of public health and safety, the delivery of basic goods and services, the upliftment of the economy, and the restoration of the livelihood of many of our countrymen,” External link

pna Thursday, April 16, 2020 11:03:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “There is no denying the fact that this unprecedented public health crisis will slow down our economic growth this year with most of the contraction in the economy occurring now in the second quarter when Luzon is on Enhanced Community Quarantine,” “We need to step up and identify all other programs and projects needed to fill the gaps that we found in the implementation of the Social Amelioration Program. We have to cast a wider net so that more families will benefit from other social programs that we need to implement,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, April 14, 2020 10:28:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “There is no denying the fact that this unprecedented public health crisis will slow down our economic growth this year with most of the contraction in the economy occurring now in the second quarter when Luzon is on Enhanced Community Quarantine,” “We need to step up and identify all other programs and projects needed to fill the gaps that we found in the implementation of the Social Amelioration Program. We have to cast a wider net so that more families will benefit from other social programs that we need to implement,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, April 14, 2020 10:04:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “I join the nation in extending our warmest greetings to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on his 75th birth anniversary on March 28. In these times of great peril and difficulty, I pray that the Great Almighty will continue to bless our President with excellent health and immense wisdom for decision-making,” “May the good Lord also clothe him and his family with His protective mantle so that the President can have peace of mind in leading our people out of this crisis,” External link

pna Friday, March 27, 2020 11:05:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “The most responsible thing for me to do at this moment is to undergo self-quarantine. To put on record, I have not developed any symptom of the coronavirus disease,” “I'm in the pink of health and well enough to continue performing my duties as House Majority Leader and will activate my work-from-home system,” External link

pna Thursday, March 26, 2020 12:41:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Let’s continue to work for the common good of everyone by praying for the nation’s healing and world’s complete recovery from Covid-19. In these challenging times, our common goal is to curb the spread of the deadly virus. Together, we shall recover from this pandemic,” External link

pna Thursday, March 26, 2020 12:41:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Such authority is needed not only to control the COVID-19 pandemic now gripping the country, but also to immediately mobilize resources for the provision of basic necessities to families and individuals affected by the imposition of Community Quarantine, especially indigents and their families,” External link

pna Monday, March 23, 2020 8:08:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “This is a call of duty and we are committed to respond to President Duterte’s request to ensure possible quick response to defeat Covid-19, help Filipinos living below poverty line, protect people in the frontline, and map out other contingency measures,” External link

manilatimes Friday, March 20, 2020 10:30:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Under the leadership of Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano is now preparing to convene in a special session for coronavirus disease funds,” External link

pna Friday, March 20, 2020 11:42:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “It is very important to give equal prominence to the positive developments especially on patients whose conditions are improving or recovered from COVID-19. We have to bring the people one and united and equal reporting of good news will be an important factor to make a huge difference and ensure the success of our fight against the dreaded virus,” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, March 20, 2020 12:19:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “I enjoin our people to set aside politics in the meantime and unite for once as we seek long-lasting solutions to stop the spread of the dreaded virus in our communities. Our concern at the moment is how to keep our families safe at all costs,” External link

pna Tuesday, March 17, 2020 11:38:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “By providing stiffer penalties for violations on anti-child abuse laws, we intend to put an end to the continued exploitation of children. By increasing the penalties for child abuse offenses, we ensure that justice is served for every child who has been abused, exploited or discriminated against,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, February 18, 2020 6:21:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “House Bill 137 addresses this issue head-on, with the objective of ensuring that every child grows and lives free from the threat of harm,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, February 18, 2020 6:21:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “It will hasten consideration of the President's budget proposal not only in the House Committee on Appropriations but in plenary as well,” “Remember that the House of Representatives approved on third and final reading the 2020 national budget in record time on Sept. 20, 2019. Historically, the proposed national budget is approved in the House of Representatives not earlier than October,” External link

pna Tuesday, February 4, 2020 12:34:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “The House leadership under Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano just needed only 20 working days to finish the job in approving a pork-free and bereft of any illegal parking of funds and insertions’ national budget,” “Our focus right now is to work hard in legislation and pass all the measures needed to improve the living condition of our people. That is the marching order from the President,” External link

pna Tuesday, February 4, 2020 12:34:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Please work for the common good of everyone. Avoid sowing panic. Stop spreading false information and hate campaign against Chinese people. Let’s pray for good health and the immediate recovery of those who have been affected,” External link

thestandard-ph Sunday, February 2, 2020 10:25:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Our DOH officials were guided by international standards in recommending to the President the temporary travel ban on Chinese nationals from Hubei province and other nCoV-hit areas in China,” External link

pna Friday, January 31, 2020 10:21:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Please work for the common good of everyone. Avoid sowing panic... Let’s pray for the good health and immediate recovery of those who have been affected,” External link

pna Friday, January 31, 2020 10:21:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez added : “With leave of the House, I further move that the said Question Hour be held tomorrow, January 29, 2020, at the plenary hall to answer questions from members of the House of Representatives pertaining to the measures being undertaken by the Department of Health on the threat of the novel coronavirus in the country,” External link

pna Tuesday, January 28, 2020 1:22:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : "The resource persons from the various sectors of the affected residents reported their firsthand account of devastations of their residential houses, school buildings, and local government infrastructures. They appeal for assistance to restore livelihood and to rebuild or reconstruct residential houses which were totally destroyed," "They also appeal to medical or psychological intervention. The resource persons also appeal to the national government to allow affected residents to return to their residence in order to feed or retrieve their livestock," External link

pna Wednesday, January 22, 2020 1:46:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “The House is committed to provide families displaced by the explosion of Taal Volcano long-term and permanent solutions to their woes,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, January 21, 2020 11:39:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “The House is committed to show ‘ malasakit ’ and provide families displaced by the explosion of Taal Volcano long-term and permanent solutions to their woes,” “We are going to coordinate with the Palace to get the full details of the supplemental budget,” External link

pna Tuesday, January 21, 2020 8:00:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “In view of the unanimity in spirit, and the consensus arrived at by the leaders of the House at your office, and at your instance, we move to hold the session this Wednesday at the Batangas City Convention Center at 1 p.m.,” External link

pna Monday, January 20, 2020 3:24:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We aim to hit the ground running when session resumes on Monday. Time to roll up our sleeves once again and work double time on vital legislative measures. The Speaker made a clear instruction to pass these bills,” “We hope to vote soon for second reading approval the proposed law creating the Department of Filipinos Overseas and Foreign Employment to keep an eye on the safety and protection of overseas Filipinos, including seafarers and household service workers, Department of Disaster Resilience to create a primary agency responsible for leading the national effort before, during and after disasters, the Department of Water Resources to avert water crisis, and other bills,” External link

pna Sunday, January 19, 2020 12:13:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We are committed and inspired to work harder, smarter and more efficiently this year,” External link

pna Sunday, January 19, 2020 12:13:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We do not fault Phivolcs for the lack of adequate warnings on the impact of the phreatic explosion. We are aware that it is really difficult to predict the occurrence of volcanic eruptions and related disasters. But this is precisely the reason why Congress included more than P221.48-million capital outlays in the P588.12-million total budget of Phivolcs for 2020. We need to upgrade the country’s monitoring and warning program for volcanic eruption, earthquake and tsunami” External link

bworldcom Monday, January 13, 2020 10:52:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We do not fault the Philvolcs for the lack of adequate warnings on the impact of the phreatic explosion. We are aware that it is really difficult to predict the occurrence of volcanic eruption and related disasters,” “But this is precisely the reason why Congress included more than PHP221.48 million capital outlays in the PHP588.12 million total budget of Phivolcs for 2020. We need to upgrade the country’s monitoring and warning program for volcanic eruption, earthquake, and tsunami,” External link

pna Monday, January 13, 2020 12:20:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Time and again, the wrath of nature reminds us to come up with strategic and systematic approaches to disaster prevention, mitigation, preparedness, and response,” External link

pna Monday, January 13, 2020 12:20:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Such communication is needed to guide us on what is expected of Congress during the special session,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, January 7, 2020 11:42:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We agree with the President’s pronouncement that the rising tension in the Middle East is a major concern that needs urgent legislative attention. We are ready to clothe the executive with all the powers needed to make sure that every Filipino is safe and secure in these trying times,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, January 7, 2020 11:42:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Such communication is needed to guide us on what is expected of Congress during the special session. While waiting for the Palace communication, Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano has already asked the House Secretariat to make the necessary preparations for a special session,” External link

pna Tuesday, January 7, 2020 10:26:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “This is a pro-poor GAA that will carry the President’s continued commitment of social payback to make the life of Filipinos comfortable,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, January 7, 2020 12:13:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “The huge allocation for social services carries the President’s programs to create more jobs, generate investments, better access to health care, free education, and other basic social services,” External link

pna Monday, January 6, 2020 1:13:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “I am proud to report, as the Majority Leader, that the First Regular Session of the 18th Congress processed a total of 900 legislative measures since July 22 to December 18 of the current year. In just 32 session days, we were able to steer the approval of 175 legislative measures. Two of these measures, the institutionalization of the Malasakit Centers and the postponement of the barangay and SK elections, had already been signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte,” External link

thestandard-ph Saturday, December 28, 2019 6:50:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “I consider the swift passage of the 2020 General Appropriations as one of the highlights of the First Regular Session of the House of Representatives. We were able to steer the approval of the 2020 national budget in record time through creative initiatives never before experienced in the House of Representatives. Committee hearings for the budgets of various departments and offices were held simultaneously, from day to night, Monday to Friday,” External link

thestandard-ph Saturday, December 28, 2019 6:50:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “The bicameral report of two other measures, the 2020 General Appropriations Act and the Sin Taxes, were also ratified by both Houses of Congress and are due for signature by the President before the end of the year,” External link

thestandard-ph Saturday, December 28, 2019 6:50:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “I share the belief of the majority of our people that the House of Representatives did a marvelous job in its First Regular Session. Our people have spoken. They are in approval of and satisfied with the performance of their congressmen under the leadership of Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano,” “I am elated that Filipinos are now appreciative of the hard work exerted by their representatives in Congress. They have seen how congressmen rolled up their sleeves and buckled down to work from the first day of the 18th Congress” External link

pna Friday, December 27, 2019 5:18:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Income Tax ) : “These bills are important parcels of the Comprehensive Tax Reform Program that is required to help reach the A Credit Rating goal of the Duterte administration,” External link

pna Friday, December 27, 2019 5:18:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Your congressmen, both from the majority and the minority, worked feverishly in the committee and plenary levels just to get the job done on time. The minority congressmen were given almost 80 percent of the total time allotted in plenary for interpellation,” “With democracy at work in the House, we manage to craft a national budget that is truly a collaborative product of hard-working legislators. No pork, no parking, and no delay. With the swift approval of the 2020 budget, we are confident that we will meet the country’s economic target of 6.5 percent to 7.5 percent growth for this year up to 2020” External link

pna Friday, December 27, 2019 5:18:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Our focus right now is to work hard on legislation and pass all the measures needed to improve the living condition of our people,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, December 24, 2019 2:35:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We have not discovered [any alleged insertions] and there are no commentaries about it here in the bicam so we hope even that will be clarified,” External link

thestandard-ph Wednesday, December 11, 2019 11:49:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Ping Lacson ) : “But of course, we always respect the views of each and every congressman and senator, and we share the same zeal and we are always with Senator Ping [Lacson] and those who want to rid the budget of any of those pork issues,” External link

thestandard-ph Wednesday, December 11, 2019 11:49:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Ping Lacson ) : “But of course, we always respect the views of each and every congressman and senator, and we share the same zeal at parati kami magkasama ni (and we are always with) Senator Ping and those who want to rid the budget of any of those pork issues,” External link

pna Wednesday, December 11, 2019 12:06:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Team ) : “Good luck to all our athletes and coaches competing in the SEA Games. As long as we work hard, nothing can prevent the Team Philippines from becoming champion. Fight hard, play fair and win big,” External link

thestandard-ph Saturday, November 30, 2019 4:50:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “If the country is to create sports superstars and excel in international sporting competitions like the Olympics, Asian and SEA Games, it must re-dedicate itself to the proven concept of the private and public sectors joining hands to spur sports development from the grassroots to the national and international levels,” External link

pna Monday, November 25, 2019 12:30:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez added ( about Team ) : “Good luck to all our athletes and coaches competing in the SEA Games. As long as we work hard, nothing can prevent the Team Philippines from becoming champion. Fight hard, play fair and win big,” External link

pna Monday, November 25, 2019 12:30:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “This is the best option to address the delayed implementation of programs and projects for the delivery of basic services,” External link

pna Tuesday, November 12, 2019 1:29:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : "This bolsters our position that what we approved and transmitted to the Senate is a constitutionally-compliant General Appropriations Bill," "Let me reiterate, the money measure that we passed under the leadership of Speaker (Alan Peter) Cayetano will marshal a budget for a meaningful change and a reflection not only of the President’s vision to make the life of Filipinos better, but also of the people’s will," External link

pna Monday, November 4, 2019 12:34:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “I appeal to our government and Speaker Alan (Peter Cayetano) to prioritize all efforts aimed at modernizing the BFP for the best interest of the nation. Let us build fire stations and purchase modern equipment for our firefighters,” External link

pna Monday, October 28, 2019 10:07:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We in Congress remain committed to the approval of other pending measures required to improve our credit ratings. With these reforms, we trust that our march to progress will be steady and swift,” External link

pna Thursday, October 24, 2019 11:27:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “The improvement will definitely lead to more investments, which translate to more jobs for our people. Hopefully, these jobs will not benefit only the urban areas, but also the rural communities in far-flung villages.,” External link

pna Thursday, October 24, 2019 9:52:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Through the sterling leadership of Cayetano, we assure the public that the House leadership would continue to perform better,” External link

pna Tuesday, October 15, 2019 10:18:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Deputy Speaker ) : “Truly, nothing warms the heart of public servants more than the appreciation of our constituents,” “The trust and approval extended by our countrymen to Speaker Cayetano will definitely prompt all of us in the House of Representatives to work harder in the legislative mill in the days to come,” External link

pna Monday, October 7, 2019 7:33:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Hence, there is a pressing need to establish an agency that would manage, harmonize, and strengthen existing policies and programs to address the needs of foreign Filipino employment. We support the immediate passage of the proposed Department of OFWs,” External link

pna Tuesday, September 17, 2019 2:14:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Our all-out support for the firm leadership of the great Secretary, General Roy Cimatu. The DENR is now reaching its greatest heights. To the best secretary ever, you have all our support for DENR, more power to you and the department,” External link

pna Friday, September 6, 2019 3:04:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Lakas-CMD is open for new members and we will continue to strengthen our political influence nationwide,” External link

pna Tuesday, September 3, 2019 2:29:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “The House members are in full agreement that we all have to work day and night, from Monday to Friday, to make sure that we approve the 2020 General Appropriations Act by October this year,” “This will give the Senate ample time to scrutinize the budget approved by the House. Hopefully, we can have a bicameral conference early December, then approve the 2020 national budget before the year ends,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, August 21, 2019 10:43:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “This means that the appropriations committee may hold budget hearings at the committee level simultaneous with the plenary debates on other pending bills and resolutions,” “This will ensure that plenary deliberations on other pending issues, such as the vital revenue measures, will push through even as we are working round the clock on the budget bill,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, August 21, 2019 10:43:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We will comply with the Supreme Court ruling that outlawed any form of pork barrel. Definitely, the pork barrel system is a thing of the past,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, August 20, 2019 10:35:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez added : “The line item budgeting system will be strictly observed to ensure transparency and accountability in the disbursement of public funds. There will be no post-enactment intervention,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, August 20, 2019 10:35:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We also commend the President’s commitment through acting Budget Secretary Avisado to ensure an equitable and corruption-free distribution of government resources to further propel the economy,” External link

pna Tuesday, August 20, 2019 2:50:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “The timely passage of the national budget and other priority measures will further propel the country’s economic growth. If we can sustain this, we might go to greater heights never seen before,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, August 19, 2019 10:28:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “I am honored and thankful to this recognition. My heartfelt gratitude to Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and my colleagues,” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, August 16, 2019 10:42:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “An equally important objective of the bill is to discourage the excessive consumption of alcohol products, especially among the youth,” “Excessive alcohol drinking leads to diseases like cirrhosis of the liver and pancreatitis, among others. Moreover, alcohol-drinking leads to bad behavior like drunk driving and domestic violence” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, August 15, 2019 10:35:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “The technical working group will not only help fast-track the passage of the President’s priority bills but will assist in spotting red flags for possible presidential veto,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, August 12, 2019 11:28:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez added : “We aim to work closely also with the PLLO (Presidential Legislative Liaison Office) so that they can alert us what are the certain provisions of the bills that may need thorough discussion with Cabinet members concerned,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, August 12, 2019 11:28:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We do not want to waste the people’s money. A well-crafted legislative measure, discussed thoroughly with Cabinet members and other stakeholders, will ensure that government resources are spent wisely and prudently,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, August 12, 2019 11:28:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We are eyeing zero veto for all bills to be approved by the Senate and the House,” “The House leaders will exhaust all means possible to make sure that the executive and the legislative departments are in sync with regard to priority and certified bills filed in the 18th Congress. We do not want to put to waste all the money, time and effort which are normally spent in passing bills,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, August 12, 2019 11:28:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “I just spoke with the Speaker [Alan Peter Cayetano] about the Batanes fund drive. It [contribution] has been the practice whenever a district is hard-hit by a calamity, in this case Batanes,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, July 30, 2019 10:31:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “That is why I requested our LSB to allocate space at the North Wing and South Wing lobbies to serve as collection and storage areas for donated goods,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, July 30, 2019 10:31:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “This is just the minimum amount pegged by the House resolution. The contribution may even reach P3 million up to P5 million as some congressmen have indicated willingness to donate P50,000 to P100,000 from their salary,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, July 30, 2019 10:31:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Zamboanga Sibugay ) : “The dengue scourge has affected . We are very, very fortunate that Secretary Duque is here at the Office of House Majority Leader so we invited the members of the Region VIII bloc and as well as those from Iloilo and Zamboanga Sibugay where this scourge has also been very, very much felt,” “Secretary Duque has endeavored to support each and every congressman’s requirements to stave off the increase or the spike of the scourge not just through informative talks and discussions here, but with actual concrete initiatives to support in addressing the problem,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, July 30, 2019 10:31:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “This is just the minimum amount pegged by the House resolution. The contribution may even reach P3 million up to P5 million as some congressmen have indicated willingness to donate P50,000 to P100,000 from their salary,” External link

manilatimes Tuesday, July 30, 2019 6:39:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “I was saddened to hear that lives were lost due to powerful quakes that rocked Batanes this morning. I am asking my colleagues in the House of Representatives to help mobilize all resources needed in the aftermath of this tragedy,” External link

manilastandardtoday Saturday, July 27, 2019 10:31:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Both Speaker (Alan Peter) Cayetano and I gave the commitment that we are going to work double time. I am elated that the newly-elected Minority Leader, Pastor Benny Abante (Manila 6th District) shares the same view. With this shared commitment, I have no doubt that this will be one of the most productive Congresses ever,” External link

pna Thursday, July 25, 2019 7:27:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Both Speaker (Alan Peter) Cayetano and I gave the commitment that we are going to work double time. I am elated that the newly-elected Minority Leader, Pastor Benny Abante (Manila 6th District), shares the same view. With this shared commitment, I have no doubt that this will be one of the most productive Congress ever,” External link

pna Thursday, July 25, 2019 5:50:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “I assure the country’s economic managers that Congress will align its legislative agenda with President Duterte’s priority economic bills, which aims to cut poverty almost by half in 2022,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, July 23, 2019 10:54:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “As I previously stated, we will work double-time to act on the President’s priority bills, especially those aimed at improving the lives of our people,” External link

pna Tuesday, July 23, 2019 3:58:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez added ( about Rodrigo R Duterte ) : “I assure the country’s economic managers that Congress will align its legislative agenda with President Duterte’s priority economic bills, which aims to cut poverty almost by half in 2022,” External link

pna Tuesday, July 23, 2019 3:58:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Under the leadership of Speaker Cayetano, we will work on long-term solutions aimed at addressing the nation’s serious ills like the need to create the Department of Disaster Resilience, poverty, illegal drugs, peace and order concerns, lack of infrastructures and corruption,” “As I previously stated, we will work double-time to act on the President’s priority bills, especially those aimed at improving the lives of our people,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, July 22, 2019 11:58:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “And that is why we are back and that is why I’m here: that in the remaining years of my public service, I would also like to give back and return the favor to each and every one of you. If it were working as a Speaker, as any House leader, as Majority Leader, in any capacity, I really want to dedicate my last years in public service working for you, by you, for what you have done for us,” External link

pna Wednesday, July 17, 2019 11:09:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “From the bottom of my heart, thank you very much. We love you all and we will see you next week and we will be working hard together,” External link

pna Wednesday, July 17, 2019 11:09:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “I was on the sidelines, but beyond her genius mind, her work ethic, and her steadfast convictions to do what is best for the country, I have gained a lot of experience and wisdom from her,” External link

pna Wednesday, July 17, 2019 11:09:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “She is a political genius whose competence, workaholic attitude, track record, integrity, and strong decision-making skills helped her earn the respect... of world leaders,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, July 10, 2019 9:54:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Her pro-poor projects like the affordable housing units and conditional cash transfer program for the poorest of the poor benefitted many Filipinos. It was an honor and privilege to work with the former president and Speaker Arroyo. I wish her the best of luck,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, July 10, 2019 9:54:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Her pro-poor projects like the affordable housing units and conditional cash transfer program for the poorest of the poor benefited many Filipinos. It was an honor and privilege to work with the former president and Speaker Arroyo. I wish her the best of luck,” External link

pna Wednesday, July 10, 2019 10:53:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Our economic managers are on the right track. If we support the roadmap that they had presented, reducing poverty by almost a half in 2022 is doable,” External link

manilastandardtoday Saturday, July 6, 2019 6:35:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Definitely, I support the economic team’s road map. Much has been done, but more challenges remain. I will ask our [congressional] leaders to immediately buckle down to work and discuss this roadmap in our next multi-party caucus,” External link

manilastandardtoday Saturday, July 6, 2019 6:35:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “I am thankful for Secretary Sonny’s invitation as this event provided me with the complete picture of the country’s economic situation from the viewpoint of our economic managers. This will help us, congressmen, in our quest to help find solutions to the challenges that we face on the economic front,” External link

manilastandardtoday Saturday, July 6, 2019 6:35:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “The economic managers were unanimous in telling us that public expenditures on these major items are the key to attracting more foreign direct investments. Investors need reliable road networks to transport economic goods. They need a competent work-force to ensure world-class products and services,” External link

manilastandardtoday Saturday, July 6, 2019 6:35:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “In our first caucus last week, we all agreed to pass the 2020 General Appropriations Bill by October. This self-imposed deadline will give he Senate more session days for plenary debates on the budget. Hopefully, President Duterte will have a national budget ready for his signature before the end of the year,” External link

manilastandardtoday Saturday, July 6, 2019 6:35:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “I fully subscribe to the position of the Duterte Coalition that Congressmen be given the freedom to elect their own leaders in the House of Representatives based on the dictates of their conscience and in accordance with the wishes of their constituents,” External link

bworldcom Friday, July 5, 2019 5:36:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “In fact, the President told us, the speakership candidates, that he would not meddle in the race and assured us also that he will not secretly pass on any order to support a candidate,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, July 3, 2019 10:51:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “No doubt about it, the President’s peace and development efforts were the twin engines that propelled our economic growth,” External link

pna Wednesday, July 3, 2019 2:38:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Economic experts are right: the best is yet to come. If we can sustain this, we might just propel our economy to greater heights never seen before,” External link

pna Wednesday, July 3, 2019 2:38:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We should not waste precious time in politics and bickerings. We need to hit the ground running in the opening of Congress and help sustain this momentum for economic takeoff,” External link

pna Wednesday, July 3, 2019 2:38:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “This the climate that investors are looking for before they decide to pump billions of pesos in our economy. It is no wonder that investor confidence in the Philippines is at an all-time high,” External link

pna Wednesday, July 3, 2019 2:38:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Investors need a competent workforce for world-class products and services. The investments that we made in human development and social protection are now starting to bear fruit,” External link

pna Wednesday, July 3, 2019 2:38:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We respect HNP’s endorsement of its speakership candidate. However, we will await the President’s final say on the matter,” External link

pna Wednesday, July 3, 2019 1:38:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “In fact, the President told us, the speakership candidates, that he would not meddle in the race and assured us also that he will not secretly pass on any order to support a candidate,” External link

pna Wednesday, July 3, 2019 1:38:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “It is ironic that Metro Manila is submerged in flood waters even at the slightest downpour, yet households do not have a steady supply of water from their faucets” External link

pna Tuesday, July 2, 2019 1:01:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “However, due to budget requirements, we may have to do initially with the construction of mini-dams or small local catchments for rainwater based on existing infrastructure in various localities,” External link

pna Tuesday, July 2, 2019 1:01:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : "It is ironic that Metro Manila is submerged in flood waters even at the slightest downpour, yet households do not have a steady supply of water from their faucets," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, July 2, 2019 11:55:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “I have already relayed this commitment to the President and his economic team. The House of Representatives will work double-time to act on the President’s priority bills, especially those aimed at improving the lives of our people,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, July 1, 2019 6:09:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “The economic managers were unanimous in telling us that public expenditures on these major items are the key to attracting more foreign direct investments. Investors need reliable road networks to transport economic goods. They need a competent workforce to ensure world-class products and services,” External link

pna Monday, July 1, 2019 5:33:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Our economic managers are on the right track. If we support the roadmap that they had presented, reducing poverty by almost half in 2022 is doable,” “Definitely, I support the economic team’s road map,” External link

pna Monday, July 1, 2019 5:33:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “This is the reason why the 18th Congress needs to pass the 2020 proposed national budget on time and make sure that public infrastructure and human development get the biggest allocation next year,” External link

pna Monday, July 1, 2019 5:33:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “This self-imposed deadline will give the Senate more session days for plenary debates on the budget. Hopefully, President Duterte will have a national budget ready his signature before the end of the year,” External link

pna Monday, July 1, 2019 5:33:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : "I appeal to my fellow aspirants for Speakership to take the lead from the President and allow congressmen to vote in accordance with their conscience," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, July 1, 2019 5:56:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez told : “I took the opportunity to report to him what was discussed and agreed upon earlier by the multi-party caucus. I assured him of a united House of Representatives,” External link

pna Thursday, June 27, 2019 1:11:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Rodrigo R Duterte ) : “The congressional leaders were unanimous in saying that the 18th Congress will be a real working partner of President Duterte and the Executive Department. All vowed to work double-time to shepherd the approval of the President’s legislative agenda,” External link

pna Thursday, June 27, 2019 1:11:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “I informed the President that House leaders have already established a reliable communication line with Finance Secretary Sonny Dominguez and other economic managers to ensure that the 2020 national budget will be approved before the end of the year,” “The 18th Congress will also ensure that the budget will be as fair and as equitable as the President mandates,” External link

pna Thursday, June 27, 2019 1:11:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “These are the items that we want to revisit and move forward with, along with the separate and specific advocacies of each lawmaker. We only have very few weeks left, and we want to hit the ground running,” External link

pna Thursday, June 27, 2019 1:11:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : "That’s internal matter for them and we respect whatever pronouncements are and we leave them that," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, June 27, 2019 5:17:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “The matter will still have to be decided on July 22, and I will be the last one to be presumptuous that I have more than the numbers to become the Speaker. But I am confident that we are a contender, a serious contender. And we will not stop working even beyond July 22, working with each and everyone here,” External link

thestandard-ph Wednesday, June 26, 2019 9:54:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “This is a caucus, the first of many, that we will be holding in our efforts to coalition build to further the legislative agenda of President Duterte,” External link

pna Wednesday, June 26, 2019 2:49:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “These are the items that we want to revisit and move forward with, along with the separate and specific advocacies of each lawmaker. We only have very few weeks left, and we want to hit the ground running,” External link

pna Wednesday, June 26, 2019 2:49:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “This is our desire, this is our vision, that the 18th Congress will be a revitalized, more energized, more enlightened and a more inspired Congress for the people of the Philippines under the leadership of President Duterte,” External link

pna Wednesday, June 26, 2019 2:49:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “Ours is a herculean task. We have to live up to the expectation of President Duterte and of our people. With the help of every member of the 18th Congress, I am confident that we can help deliver the promises of President Duterte to our people,” External link

pna Wednesday, June 26, 2019 2:49:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “The President has shown consistently his concern for our soldiers in the battlefront. It is time for legislators to complement this presidential concern by providing the budget needed to uplift the living condition of our troops,” “The 18th Congress should also consider as a top priority the allocation of more budget for military personnel who are leading the fight against terrorists and extremists,” External link

pna Thursday, June 20, 2019 3:07:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “For one, I would seek a meeting with top military officials to consult them on the legislative measures that need to be prioritized so that government can address the concerns of soldiers and their families,” External link

pna Thursday, June 20, 2019 3:07:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We need to ensure that the AFP modernization program is on-track so that government troops would continue to serve the nation and protect the country from all threats,” External link

pna Thursday, June 20, 2019 3:07:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “I thank the President for the opportunity to see up close the problems that need an immediate solution. Working with him in seeking a solution to the country’s problems is a great working experience. For that, I will be eternally grateful,” External link

pna Thursday, June 20, 2019 3:07:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Benigno Aquino III ) : “The President saw the chaos at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 this (Monday) morning and he was not pleased that passengers had to endure congestion due to flight delays and cancellations. He said this is an urgent problem that need to be solved ASAP,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, June 10, 2019 11:07:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “President Duterte took it upon himsef to apologize personally to passengers who were affected by the flight delay and the cancellations. The President’s gesture was warmly received by the passengers,” “Having seen the disruption myself, I appeal to my fellow legislators to cross partylines and help government address the problem at the NAIA. Congress must act fast to seek funding for the rehabilitation and upgrades of our airports. The President cited Sangley, which he said must be upgraded the soonest time possible,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, June 10, 2019 11:07:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Benigno Aquino III ) : “The President saw the chaos at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 this (Monday) morning and he was not pleased that passengers had to endure congestion due to flight delays and cancellations. He said this is an urgent problem that need to be solved ASAP,” External link

thestandard-ph Monday, June 10, 2019 10:46:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “President Duterte took it upon himsef to apologize personally to passengers who were affected by the flight delay and the cancellations. The President’s gesture was warmly received by the passengers,” “Having seen the disruption myself, I appeal to my fellow legislators to cross partylines and help government address the problem at the NAIA. Congress must act fast to seek funding for the rehabilitation and upgrades of our airports. The President cited Sangley, which he said must be upgraded the soonest time possible,” External link

thestandard-ph Monday, June 10, 2019 10:46:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “It is high time for the Comelec to stop using Smartmatic, not only because it failed to provide efficient and reliable election technology, as can be seen from the numerous complaints, including the malfunction of several hundreds of its VCMs, but also due to the widespread distrust by the public of the PCOS machines or VCMs. The Smartmatic problem has become untenable and, in fact, become a threat to country’s democracy, particularly in maintaining the integrity and sanctity of the electoral processes,” External link

thestandard-ph Sunday, June 2, 2019 10:34:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “The groundwork for fiscal reform has been set. President Duterte’s fiscal reform is expected to take our economy to the next level of development,” “If we achieve the administration’s target of reducing poverty incidence to 14 percent by 2022, our country’s collective economic managers would have, in just two decades from 2001 to 2022, reduced poverty from 39 percent to 14 percent. This would be a collective achievement our generation can be proud of,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, May 27, 2019 11:24:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “The groundwork for fiscal reform has been set. President Duterte’s fiscal reform is expected to take our economy to the next level of development,” “If we achieve the administration’s target of reducing poverty incidence to 14 percent by 2022, our country’s collective economic managers would have, in just two decades from 2001 to 2022, reduced poverty from 39 percent to 14 percent. This would be a collective achievement our generation can be proud of,” External link

thestandard-ph Monday, May 27, 2019 10:59:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “Rest assured that the malasakit governance we have been implementing will continue to ensure that people who are less in life would enjoy more government malasakit under President Rodrigo Duterte through sufficient funding on education, health and other social services,” External link

thestandard-ph Thursday, May 23, 2019 10:32:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “The party-list group comprises 20 percent of the House of Representatives. We will work for their proper representation in various committees and budget allocations among others,” External link

thestandard-ph Thursday, May 23, 2019 10:32:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez told : “These are the things we will thresh out,” External link

thestandard-ph Thursday, May 23, 2019 10:32:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “The support of the Party-ist Coalition will be a big boost,” “You have to remember that the party-list group represents many sectors and marginalized sectors, and they represent the sectors that are not left behind. That is why this group is important. I took time to come here” External link

thestandard-ph Thursday, May 23, 2019 10:32:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “The party-list bloc is our partner for change and reforms to carry the speedy passage of President Duterte’s legislative agenda,” External link

thestandard-ph Thursday, May 23, 2019 10:32:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “The outstanding showing of President Duterte and Mayor Sara’s senatorial candidates only affirmed the solid support of majority of Filipino people to President Duterte,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, May 15, 2019 10:38:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We had a fruitful term in Congress and we will continue our malasakit (compassionate) legacy to carry out the legislative agenda of President Duterte. With the bills we passed, with the projects implemented and the leadership role that was given to us. Despite being a first-termer, we were able to deliver strong results, positively impacting the quality of life in our district, of course with the help of our partners, including Tingog,” External link

manilastandardtoday Saturday, May 11, 2019 10:28:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Now is the time for change and we need one strong voice that will fulfill the dreams, hopes, and aspirations of the people who have been battling poverty for a long time. Let’s give the Eastern Visayas the chance to be one of the country’s most competitive regions in the country,” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, May 10, 2019 10:38:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “Rest assured that the malasakit governance we have been implementing will continue to ensure that people who are less in life would enjoy more government’s malasakit under President Rodrigo Duterte through more funding on education, health, and other social services,” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, May 10, 2019 10:38:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We would like to reiterate our appreciation to all our supporters who joined us during the campaign period. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you very much,” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, May 10, 2019 10:38:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We hope to give one strong voice to the people of region and champion the cause of authentic regional development and make not only Region 8, but the entire country less vulnerable to disasters,” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, May 10, 2019 10:38:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “After getting back on our feet following Yolanda’s devastation, we are inspired by the challenge to make a much better Eastern Visayas,” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, May 10, 2019 10:38:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We will work harder to show that we are worthy of all your support. Our team is committed to fulfill our duties and responsibilities to provide Filipinos better lives,” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, May 10, 2019 10:38:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Eduardo Manalo ) : “I expressed my gratitude to the well-respected Iglesia Ni Cristo and Brother Eduardo V. Manalo for the endorsement extended to my candidacy and all the support given to me through the years. This will inspire me more to serve the people through my ‘malasakit’ advocacy,” External link

thestandard-ph Wednesday, May 8, 2019 10:47:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We will always solidly stand for the Iglesia Ni Cristo’s pursuit of helping the less fortunate people through its spiritual programs and malasakit [compassionate] livelihood and assistance programs,” External link

thestandard-ph Wednesday, May 8, 2019 10:47:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “I’m supporting the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in the preservation of the forest because of the habitat of this particular specie, the Philippine Eagle, very rare and endanger, and our national symbol, so we definitely have to continue in enforcing the laws, and the policies of national government will be on our pronouncement on the protection of forest cover, which is the natural habitat of the Philippine Eagle and other species,” External link

thestandard-ph Thursday, April 4, 2019 7:17:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “I was touched by this film, that we can do more. The Philippine Eagle Foundation has done a remarkable job, I will try to engage with them more,” External link

thestandard-ph Thursday, April 4, 2019 7:17:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “I was humbled by the mere mention of my name,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, March 19, 2019 11:40:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Sara Duterte ) : “I confirm the statement of Mayor Sara that I am interested in the Speakership race of the 18th Congress,” External link

pna Monday, March 4, 2019 1:35:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “For us to help prevent fire, we should always adhere in the promotion of public safety and follow safety measures,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, February 28, 2019 7:56:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We commend our firefighters and volunteers whose proudest moments are to save lives, homes and properties. They are always there, night and day, for us and not giving up the battle despite physical limitations and lack of support for their welfare,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, February 28, 2019 7:56:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We have to seriously invest more in modernizing the BFP for the best interest of the nation. Let us build fire stations and purchase modern equipment for our firefighters,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, February 28, 2019 7:56:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Their act of bravery as firefighters is a greatest accomplishment already because they are involved in a very noble calling and indeed, they very selfless people who put their lives on line. It is important for us not to forget them, instead we should always recognize and celebrate their heroism,” “The lives of our firefighters and fire victims are also in great danger if our firefighting equipment is not reliable,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, February 28, 2019 7:56:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We had a fruitful term in Congress, with the bills we passed, with the projects implemented and the leadership role that was given to us. Despite being a first-termer, we were able to deliver strong results, positively impacting the quality of life in our district, of course with the help of our partners, including Tingog,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, February 12, 2019 8:36:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We know the people and their concerns. We are more than willing to be their voice in Congress,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, February 12, 2019 8:36:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez added : “I have always been part of Tingog. In the three years that had the opportunity of representing the First District of Leyte in the House of Representatives, Tingog has always been one of our strongest, if not our foremost, partners and allies, in serving not only the First District which I represented, and also the rest of the region,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, February 12, 2019 8:36:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “This bill is intended to be a fitting tribute to the memory of all who died in the said disaster and to salute the selflessness of all volunteers and organizations who took part and contributed in the recovery and rehabilitation efforts of the communities affected by the typhoon,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, December 12, 2016 8:18:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Now we have seen that so much progress has been achieved in building back our communities even better, and we have to thank our Filipino and foreign friends as well as our national and local government for their continued leadership and support in the rehabilitation efforts,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, December 12, 2016 8:18:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “The fight has just begun. Our task now is to guarantee that all beneficiaries will fully enjoy the assistance that the law is offering,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, December 1, 2016 8:54:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “This will show ‘malasakit’ [compassion] and extend economic relief to retired private workers who are in their sunset years. The increase on their monthly pension is a good act of Congress to champion their plight,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, November 15, 2016 8:41:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “The Supreme Court has spoken and we should respect its decision so that we can put the matter to rest and give closure on this,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, November 8, 2016 8:44:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “You have inspired us and lifted our spirits. As you can see we have come a long way. But, we still have to work together,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, November 8, 2016 8:44:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Philip Goldberg ) : “We cannot forget his [Goldberg’s] help after the Super Typhoon ‘Yolanda’ destroyed most of our regions,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, October 19, 2016 8:19:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “This is a very important proposal that deserves the support of Congress. This would definitely give ample time for mothers to nurture, take care and breastfeed their newborn for the first 100 days,” External link

manilastandardtoday Saturday, October 15, 2016 7:50:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “I am very supportive of the bill because this will provide better benefits to ordinary working women. It’s really difficult to recover, especially if the delivery is through Caesarian, I can relate to this experience,” External link

manilastandardtoday Saturday, October 15, 2016 7:50:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez explained ( about Philippine Constitution ) : “We should remain steadfast in fighting discrimination against women, especially our Constitution recognizes the role of women in nation-building and promotes equality for them,” External link

manilastandardtoday Saturday, October 15, 2016 7:50:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Silvestre Bello ) : “We welcome the sincerity of President Duterte to talk peace and the statement of Secretary Bello to immediately provide jobs and livelihood assistance to our brothers and sisters in the communist movement,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, October 5, 2016 8:32:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We should institutionalize the comprehensive community-based programs to help our recovering drug dependents where concerned people will monitor their progress,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, September 22, 2016 7:25:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “It’s unfortunate that this good law has not been implemented. I hope the concerned department will enforce this to boost the performance of the Bureaus of Customs and Revenue,” “If they fall short of target revenue, the Attrition Law is there to impose sanctions and also provides incentives to the performers. That would have been a fair and transparent approach to ensure check and balance” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, September 16, 2016 12:58:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Let us support President Duterte’s strong resolve to address the worsening traffic. Congress should work on urgent related measures and policies to rectify the traffic situation because no one is spared from the crisis,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, September 14, 2016 8:15:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “We can also study the proposal to ensure that necessary reforms in barangay and SK are put in place before another polls for these are held,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, September 13, 2016 7:58:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “The Philippines is one of the countries that is often visited by strong typhoons. Around 19 tropical storms enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility in a typical year and, of these, usually 6 or 9 make landfall,” External link

manilastandardtoday Saturday, September 10, 2016 10:35:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez added : “Despite the government’s efforts and preparations, thousands of people perished. Damage to business, property and agriculture were in such magnitude that economic activities were placed at a standstill,” External link

manilastandardtoday Saturday, September 10, 2016 10:35:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Philippine Constitution ) : “Philconsa is united behind the efforts of the President and the Speaker to revise the Constitution,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, August 31, 2016 8:48:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “There is also a broad consensus among the officials of the Executive, Congress and even the Comelec to suspend the polls,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, August 29, 2016 8:17:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “The good secretary assured us that some of the flights from various airports in the country will also be transferred to Clark airport,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, August 18, 2016 9:15:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “Let us support President Duterte’s program to seriously curb congestion at the Manila airport. We are very glad to contribute,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, August 18, 2016 9:15:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “It is the interest of our constituents and Filipino people that is foremost. The meeting was designed to strengthen the alliance of Lakas-CMD and PDP-Laban and support the legislative agenda of President Duterte,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, August 1, 2016 8:14:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “Former President Arroyo is committed to help the country and she will do everything she can to the best of her knowledge and ability to contribute to nation building,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, August 1, 2016 8:14:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “President Duterte is a no-nonsense action man and very much determined to address graft and corruption,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, July 25, 2016 11:11:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “This will stir support for Congress to pass the FoI bill that was not passed in the last Congress,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, July 25, 2016 11:11:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez added : “will be a very good starter for other branches [judiciary and legislature] to follow because this reform is about a clean, accountable, and transparent government,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, July 25, 2016 11:11:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez added : “We have been saying from the beginning that she was a victim of political persecution and her acquittal proved this. The plunder case stemmed from her exercise of her right as President to take part in the government,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, July 19, 2016 7:59:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez added : “She has suffered enough during her incarceration. Her critics must respect the ruling,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, July 19, 2016 7:59:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “It was a great, impressive, concise and direct-to-the-point speech,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, June 30, 2016 8:51:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Commission ) : “He is committed to carry genuine change. The public, Congress and CHR [Commission on Human Rights] should give him full support in his fight against criminality, illegal drugs and corruption in light of his commitment to respect the rule of law,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, June 30, 2016 8:51:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “My best wishes for the success of President-elect Rody, let us rally behind to support his administration for the betterment of Filipinos,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, May 30, 2016 7:44:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez added : “President-elect Rody has a clear vision for the country and has a great ability to get the job done. We look forward to a productive government that will heal political bickering, continue to inspire and influence many Filipinos to work for the inclusive growth in the countryside,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, May 30, 2016 7:44:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “She is a former president who can contribute to the development of the country, a brilliant and a working one,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, May 23, 2016 8:01:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “We concur with the coalition agreement. This is not similar to the coalition agreement we signed with the PDP-Laban. This is to strengthen the support of legislative agenda of incoming President Rody Duterte under the leadership of Alvarez as Speaker,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, May 23, 2016 8:01:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said : “The coalition for change agreement signifies our willingness to cooperate with one another in bringing out the change and reforms that incoming President Duterte wants,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, May 18, 2016 7:41:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : "The coalition for change agreement signifies our willingness to cooperate with one another in bringing out the change and reforms that incoming President Duterte wants," External link

sunstar Wednesday, May 18, 2016 4:25:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : "The agreement is about working for change. We will work together under the Duterte presidency to push people’s interests," External link

sunstar Wednesday, May 18, 2016 4:25:00 PM EAT



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constitution association president6.98%EN12/01/201601/12/2016
philippine constitution association president6.98%EN12/01/201601/12/2016
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congressman6.98%EN11/09/201609/11/2016
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Martin RomualdezEN72.97%
Martin RomualdezFR13.51%
Martin RomualdezPT13.51%


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Joey Salceda said ( about Martin Romualdez ) : “We are confident that this will breeze through the House, as the Majority Leader (Ferdinand Martin Romualdez), who also chairs the House Defeat COVID-19 Committee, is our lead sponsor,” External link

thestandard-ph Monday, November 23, 2020 10:13:00 PM EAT

Joey Salceda said ( about Martin Romualdez ) : “We are confident that this will breeze through the House, as the Majority Leader (Ferdinand Martin Romualdez), who also chairs the House Defeat COVID-19 Committee, is our lead sponsor,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, November 23, 2020 9:56:00 PM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Martin Romualdez ) : "to lay the groundwork that will expedite our people's adaptation to the demands of the new normal life”. Romualdez said the bill aims to prepare and educate Filipinos for life after the lifting of the restrictions imposed by the national government and local government units (LGUs) to contain the spread of Covid-19 through new norms of social or physical distancing and safety measures in government and private offices, schools, commercial establishments, and other public spaces. “As soon as we adapt to the new normal, businesses can resume operations and workers can go back to their jobs without fear of contracting the dreaded coronavirus. Through physical distancing and other stringent safety and health protocols, we can also keep our families safe and prevent the spread of Covid-19 in our communities," External link

pna Thursday, May 28, 2020 9:56:00 AM EAT

Salvador Panelo told ( about Martin Romualdez ) : “It came out of the blue, while we were chatting with him [Romualdez],” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, July 12, 2019 10:16:00 PM EAT

Rodrigo Duterte told ( about Martin Romualdez ) : “He (Romualdez) is a good person. If he wants it, then I will [endorse],” External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, July 12, 2019 12:16:00 PM EAT

Joey Sarte Salceda said ( about Martin Romualdez ) : “We unanimously agreed to follow the wish of the President on the speakership and Martin is accepting the position of the majority leader,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, July 9, 2019 11:00:00 PM EAT

Joey Salceda said ( about Martin Romualdez ) : “We unanimously agreed to follow the wish of the President on the speakership, and Martin is accepting the position of Majority Leader… no ifs, no buts, no unless and no excepts,” External link

inquirer Tuesday, July 9, 2019 3:12:00 PM EAT

Joey Salceda said ( about Martin Romualdez ) : “We unanimously agreed to follow the wish of the President on the Speakership, and Martin is accepting the position of Majority Leader no ifs or buts, no except or unless,” External link

pna Tuesday, July 9, 2019 2:29:00 PM EAT

Rodrigo R Duterte said ( about Martin Romualdez ) : “I did not talk to him. Ang nakausap ko lang si Martin, si Lord, pati si Cayetano (I only spoke to Martin, Lord and Cayetano),” External link

pna Tuesday, July 9, 2019 4:51:00 AM EAT

Rodrigo Duterte said ( about Martin Romualdez ) : “Siya nga unang nagsabi sa akin, and I promised him. Then Lord [Velasco], sabi ko let us see, kay [Martin] Romualdez, sabi ko let us see what develops. There might be some developments, eh wala eh, then pagka ganito, it’s time for me to talk, I will insist na kung ano yung pinag usapan natin, yun ang sundin natin,” External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, July 8, 2019 5:08:00 PM EAT

Joey Salceda said ( about Martin Romualdez ) : “Congressman Martin is primus inter pares material in Congress,” External link

manilastandardtoday Sunday, July 7, 2019 10:17:00 PM EAT

Danilo Suarez said ( about Martin Romualdez ) : “He is the most experienced and competent candidate and can handily win the speakership race in a free for all fight. Martin is a very credible leader who has the respect of his colleagues. His commitment to help President Duterte, especially in approving vital bills is beyond question,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, July 3, 2019 10:51:00 PM EAT

Mike Defensor said ( about Martin Romualdez ) : “Many if not... the majority of the House membership knew that congressman Martin Romualdez had the numbers. [T]erm sharing would easily cancel him out,” “But now that the President already decided against term sharing, it will be up to each member of Congress to vote for who they think is best to lead Congress and to be part of the national leadership in pushing this nation forward under the administration of the President,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, July 1, 2019 6:09:00 PM EAT

Joey Salceda said ( about Martin Romualdez ) : “We are 100 percent behind Congressman Martin as speaker. We need to get his views on how to make the next Congress more effective in legislating the laws that are beneficial to our countrymen,” External link

thestandard-ph Wednesday, June 26, 2019 9:54:00 PM EAT

Fredenil Castro said ( about Martin Romualdez ) : “This is just the beginning, possibly the spark needed to unite the 18th Congress. In the coming days and weeks, other congressmen who already signed the manifesto of support for our Speaker, Cong. Martin, will also come out in the open and join us in our gatherings,” External link

pna Wednesday, June 26, 2019 2:49:00 PM EAT

Joey Salceda said ( about Martin Romualdez ) : “We are 100 percent behind Cong. Martin as Speaker. We need to get his views on how to make the next Congress more effective in legislating the laws that are beneficial to our countrymen,” External link

pna Wednesday, June 26, 2019 2:49:00 PM EAT

Joey Salceda said ( about Martin Romualdez ) : “We have 40 lawmakers from the PDP-Laban supporting Cong. Romualdez as Speaker,” External link

pna Wednesday, June 26, 2019 2:49:00 PM EAT

Michael Defensor said ( about Martin Romualdez ) : “Members of the party list coalition agreed to vote as a bloc. The majority, however, that I have spoken to has already indicated their preference for Cong. Martin as Speaker. If the election for Speaker will be held today, Cong. Martin, definitely has the numbers,” External link

pna Wednesday, June 26, 2019 2:49:00 PM EAT

Mike Defensor said ( about Martin Romualdez ) : “When you speak of speakership, you need to have an excellent interpersonal relationship with each and every member of the House and clearly with the mandate given to Congressman Romualdez, it goes to show his good relationship with the majority of the lawmakers,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, June 18, 2019 10:38:00 PM EAT

Fredenil Castro said ( about Martin Romualdez ) : “Martin’s character has an overwhelming edge as against the other candidates,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, June 18, 2019 10:38:00 PM EAT

Mike Defensor said ( about Martin Romualdez ) : “They are all my friends and can serve as Speaker. But Congressmen Romualdez and Cayetano have the leadership depth and the capacity to navigate the House in terms of needed legislation. They have the experience, competence, and caliber to lead the members of the House,” External link

pna Tuesday, June 18, 2019 9:21:00 AM EAT

Fredenil Castro said ( about Martin Romualdez ) : “And Martin, initially having been benefited by the voluntary endorsement of more than 153 members of the House, is something that has to be reckoned with,” External link

pna Tuesday, June 18, 2019 9:21:00 AM EAT

Danilo Suarez said ( about Martin Romualdez ) : “He is the most experienced and competent candidate and can handily win the speakership race in a free for all fight. Martin is a very credible leader who has the respect of his colleagues. His commitment to help President Duterte, especially in approving vital bills is beyond question,” External link

thestandard-ph Wednesday, June 12, 2019 10:53:00 PM EAT

Jericho Nograles said ( about Martin Romualdez ) : "I observed that our party-list lawmakers are one in the belief that under a Velasco or a Romualdez Speakership, we will be treated fairly and the concerns of our constituents will be heard and respected. Some of the wannabes who have tried to reach out to us obviously have a different view of party-list groups," External link

pna Tuesday, June 11, 2019 3:46:00 PM EAT

Danilo Suarez said ( about Martin Romualdez ) : "If the President is comfortable with Martin, there is no difference because their thinking is that Martin can deliver and work closely with the House members. Martin has a good background in economics," External link

pna Tuesday, June 11, 2019 3:46:00 PM EAT

Danilo Suarez said ( about Martin Romualdez ) : “Many PDP have signed to support Martin, as long as there are no marching orders from the Palace,” External link

pna Tuesday, June 11, 2019 3:46:00 PM EAT

Jericho Nograles said ( about Martin Romualdez ) : “I observed that our partylist congressmen are one in the belief that under a Velasco or a Romualdez speakership, we will be treated fairly and the concerns of our constituents will be heard and respected,” External link

manilatimes Tuesday, June 11, 2019 10:00:00 AM EAT

Danilo Suarez said ( about Martin Romualdez ) : “Congressman Romualdez has a long track record of good leadership,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, June 5, 2019 4:19:00 PM EAT

Danilo Suarez said ( about Martin Romualdez ) : “Congressman Romualdez has a long track record of good leadership,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, June 4, 2019 10:30:00 PM EAT

Danilo Suarez said ( about Martin Romualdez ) : “It is our manifesto of support for Martin,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, May 22, 2019 11:11:00 PM EAT

Danilo Suarez said ( about Martin Romualdez ) : “I am just talking about present developments, I don’t think the other candidates have circulated a manifesto of support, but the only one I know who has that many endorsement is Congresman Romualdez as of now,” External link

pna Wednesday, May 22, 2019 3:45:00 PM EAT

Rodrigo Duterte said ( about Martin Romualdez ) : “Si Congressman Martin Romualdez ang susunod na Speaker of the House (Congressman Martin Romualdez is the next House Speaker),” External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, March 19, 2019 4:41:00 PM EAT