HOUSE Speaker Lord Allan Jay Q. Velasco filed his certificate of candidacy on Tuesday for a third and last consecutive term in the House of Representatives.

He will run as representative of the lone district of Marinduque.

“I’m really grateful to the people of Marinduque for giving me many chances and I’m asking them for another one so I can continue to champion their interests and welfare in Congress,” he said in a statement.

Mr. Velasco assumed the House leadership in Oct. 2020 after the ouster of then speaker Alan Peter S. Cayetano.

He first became Marinduque representative in 2010 but lost in 2013 to Regina Ongsiako Reyes-Mandanas, where he disputed the result due to citizenship issues which was upheld by the Supreme Court.

Mr. Velasco was later proclaimed as the legitimate Marinduque representative by the House Electoral Tribunal following the court’s ruling and was sworn in on Feb. 2016.

Meanwhile, House Deputy Speaker and Las Piñas City Rep. Camille A. Villar is also seeking her second term in the lower chamber as she filed her certificate of candidacy on Tuesday. — Russell Louis C. Ku