MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte may have named his preferred leaders of the House of Representatives, but for Sen. Richard Gordon, the chamber should do the choosing.
In an interview on ANC's Headstart, Gordon reiterated the responsibility of lawmakers to maintain independence.
"I don’t think they should make a big show of it. I think they should say we will vote for them, 'wag naman ganyan na 'boss, ikaw na pumili.' Ano ba yan? Hindi puwede 'yan (but it shouldn't be that they say 'boss, it's up to you.' What is that? That's not right)," said Gordon.
Last week, President Rodrigo Duterte endorsed the term-sharing scheme for the House speakership between Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano and Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco, who belongs to Duterte's party PDP-Laban.
Cayetano, Duterte's defeated 2016 running mate, will serve first for 15 months, followed by Velasco who will reportedly be at the helm for 21 months. Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez, another speakership contender, will be Majority Leader.
Despite Duterte's endorsement, it will still be up to the members of the House of Representatives to vote for its next speaker.
"If you're in the majority party, you elect the Speaker. Ok 'yan. Pero 'pag sinabi mong 'boss, ikaw na mamili 'di kami magkasundo' (That's ok. But if you say boss, you choose, we can't agree) that's a very indecisive Congress. It's a big argument again--unicameralism," he said.
The senator said there are political parties that don't live up to their promises.
"Here, kung sino ang nakaupo, dun tayo (whoever is in power, that's where our loyalty is). Where does the wind blow? Check your saliva and check the wind," he said.
He added, "I don't think we’re doing the country well by doing that."