MANILA—"So far, so good."
Alan Peter Cayetano had this to say after 4 weeks he was installed as House Speaker in the 300-strong chamber.
"As far as the Majority Leader [Leyte Rep. Martin] Romualdez is concerned. Wala naman kaming choice kundi to work together day-by-day. Sila Cong. [Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan] Velasco naman, sabi niya sakin, focus lang muna siya sa Energy kasi 'yun naman ang committee niya dati. So maganda naman ang samahan," he told radio DZMM.
"Ang deputy speaker natin for political affairs, si Cong. Pulong [Davao City Rep. Paolo] Duterte, I'm getting to know him, getting to respect him more. Know kung ano ang kaniyang sariling vision para sa Mindanao at saka Davao. So ang relationships are helping. But I think iyung isa pa, iyung relationship ko sa Senado. So nagkaroon na tayo ng--at relasyon ni Sen. [Tito] Sotto sa mga congressman. 2-way 'yung relationship," he added.
Cayetano said he views his 15-month tenure under the term sharing agreement that President Rodrigo Duterte endorsed positively.
“Walang mawawala na tutukan talaga natin 15 months at ready tayo bitawan para may deadline tayo... wala kang choice kung hindi kumayod. So ako, I look at it as a plus, as of now," he said.
For Cayetano, his election to the House leadership was crucial to ensure that the president's legislative agenda will be implemented.
"Sa akin kasi, dahil ako 'yung naging running mate ng ating pangulo noong 2016, ako'y naniniwala na 'yung kaniyang mga pangako ay alam ko by heart," he said.—Report from RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News