Cayetano wants to appoint deputy speakers for House committees

John Gabriel Agcaoili, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 19 2019 11:56 PM

MANILA - Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano on Friday said he will appoint deputy speakers for the committees in Congress when he is elected the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

In an interview with DZMM's "Dos Por Dos" program, Cayetano said he will give jurisdictions to his would-be deputy speakers as part of his reforms for the House.

"Isa sa reforms natin ay bigyan ng kaukulan jurisdiction ang bawat mga deputy speaker. So we will have deputy speakers for health, ecology and environment, finance, transportation, mobility and connectivity," Cayetano said.

Cayetano said the task of the deputy speaker for political affairs, meanwhile, will be to unite all members of the House despite ideological differences.

"So yung deputy speaker for political affairs is precisely na mapagkaisa ang ibat ibang paksyon, ibat ibang ideology, ibat ibang mga partido sa kongreso sa ating bansa," the lawmaker said.

Cayetano claimed that Davao City Rep. Paolo Duterte, the first son of President Rodrigo Duterte, has agreed to become next Deputy Speaker for Political Affairs, in what could be an end to speculation that the presumptive Speaker would face a coup when Congress opens on July 22.

Posting a photo of him with Duterte on Facebook, Cayetano said President Rodrigo Duterte's eldest son accepted the “challenge” to become the next Deputy Speaker for Political Affairs.

 

"Ako'y nagpapasalamat po kay Cong. Paolo 'Pulong' Duterte na pumayag po siya makipag-usap sa akin," the former senator said.

The President earlier endorsed a term-sharing deal between Cayetano, a Nacionalista, and Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco, who belongs to ruling party PDP-Laban, for the House Speakership.

Under the deal, Cayetano will serve first, staying at the helm for 15 months, while Velasco will serve for the next 21 months.

Cayetano, Duterte’s defeated running mate in the 2016 polls who later served as his top diplomat, has vowed to honor the deal.

While Duterte has made his pick for Speaker, Malacañang maintained that members of the House are still free to choose their leader when Congress formally opens on July 22. The chamber is dominated by the President's allies.