MANILA - Dividing the 3-year term of the House Speaker to accommodate several congressmen vying for the post would be "counterproductive" for the chamber, outgoing House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez said Friday as the race for the speakership drags on.
Former foreign affairs secretary and now Taguig Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano earlier said he is willing to share the 3-year term of Speaker with Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco.
Velasco denied Cayetano's claims, saying neither he nor President Rodrigo Duterte agreed to have several House speakers in the 18th Congress.
"That won't be good for the House," Suarez told ANC's Early Edition.
"Kailangan 'yung trabaho mo, walang stalling kasi ang mangyayari niyan, bagong leader, bagong committee chair [depende] kung sino yung tao nung speaker," he said.
"It will be counterproductive," he said.
Aside from Velasco and Suarez, former House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez had also criticized the idea of term-sharing among the chamber's leaders.
"Kalokohan 'yan (that's foolishness)," Alvarez said in a separate interview.
"Anong term-sharing, diba? It's either you or 'wag na lang. Basta kung sinong napili, gawin na lang n'ya iyung tama," he added.
(What term-sharing? It's either you or not at all. Whoever is chosen, they should just do what is right.)