MANILA - Taguig Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano on Monday apologized to individuals he might have offended during the months-long campaign to become speaker, ahead of his election to the post.
Cayetano did not mention names, but Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio earlier said she received “veiled threats” from the former foreign secretary following talk that she might support one of his rivals.
“Sa mga na-offend ko din, humihingi din ako ng paumanhin,” Cayetano told reporters.
(To those who I might have offended, I apologize.)
“Natural ‘yun, eleksyon, may mga nasaktan. Kami naman ng asawa ko nasaktan din kami. So how can you heal the land kung ikaw mismo you won't forgive and forget?” he said.
(It's natural that in an election, some get hurt. My wife and I were hurt as well. So how can you heal the land when you yourself won't forgive and forget.)
Cayetano said he would “make an effort” to reach out to those who might be at odds with him.
President Rodrigo Duterte had endorsed Cayetano, his former foreign secretary and running mate for a 15-month term as speaker under a term-sharing agreement with Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco, who will serve for 21 months.
Duterte-Carpio had described Velasco during the campaign for the May midterm elections as the "next speaker." Before the president's settlement, Duterte-Carpio's party, Hugpong ng Pagbabago, backed Davao City 3rd District Rep. Isidro Ungab.