MANILA – Davao City Representative-elect Paolo Duterte on Monday said he did not say he wants to become the next Speaker, after his father, President Rodrigo Duterte, said he would resign if his son guns for the top lower house post.
In a Facebook post, the incoming Davao City 1st district representative said his father may have been misinformed about the matter.
“I DID NOT SAY I WANT TO BE SPEAKER.... may nagkamali nanaman bulong sa tenga mo Mr. President,” the younger Duterte said.
In a speech before generals in Malacañang on Monday, the President said: "Itong si Paolo, sabihin ko sa kanya if you run for speakership, let me know. Kasi kung tatakbo ka, magreresign ako kasi marami na tayo. Andiyan yung kapatid mo [Davao] mayor [Sara].”
Possible contenders for the speakership include Lord Allan Velasco of Marinduque, Alan Peter Cayetano of Taguig, Martin Romualdez of Leyte, and Pantaleon Alvarez of Davao del Norte who is eyeing a comeback after being ousted last year.
The President said that during the campaign period, only Cayetano and Velasco raised the speakership with him. He said he did not commit to an endorsement.
"Puro ko sila kilala, puro ko sila kaibigan (I know them, they are my friends). I have nothing against them," he said.
The elder Duterte said he never tried to meddle with the legislature's leadership in the past.
"I never, never called anybody or approached anybody about the Speakership," he said.
The new speaker will be elected in July when congressmen who secured fresh terms in the May 13 polls convene the 18th Congress.
Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is completing her third consecutive term as Pampanga congresswoman and was not eligible for reelection.