Paolo Duterte rejects dad’s House speaker term-sharing deal

Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 22 2019 02:48 PM

MANILA - The House of Representatives should elect another speaker should Taguig Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano resign from the post after 15 months, Davao Rep. Paolo Duterte said Monday, rejecting the term-sharing deal brokered by his father.

Under a scheme endorsed by President Rodrigo Duterte, Cayetano would serve as House speaker for 15 months and would be succeeded by PDP-Laban bet Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco.

“I am against any term-sharing agreement. If speaker resigns after 15 months, we have to elect a new speaker,” Rep. Duterte told lawmakers in the House plenary, shortly after nominating his father’s former foreign secretary as the chamber’s new leader.

“Sinabi ko lang yun para kakabahan si Congressman Lord,” Rep. Duterte, who was named deputy speaker, said in jest.

“Pero sa House rules wala namang term-sharing talaga,” he told ABS-CBN News.

Other members of the Duterte coalition - a group of lawmakers from the Davao region - agree that speakership should not be automatically handed to Velasco, he said.

Several lawmakers said they wanted to vote for Rep. Duterte as Speaker, but the president’s son said succeeding Cayetano was not part of his immediate plans.

“No, no, no. Happy na,” he said.

“Titingnan na lang natin pagdating ng panahon. Trabaho muna,” he said.

(Let's see someday. For now, let's work.)