Cayetano says to follow Duterte on term-sharing with Velasco


Posted at Nov 14 2019 03:41 PM

MANILA — Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said Thursday he would follow a term-sharing deal with Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco as brokered by President Rodrigo Duterte after some congressmen suggested that he should stay as leader of the House of Representatives.

Duterte brokered the deal for Cayetano to serve as Speaker for 15 months or until next year, followed by Velasco for 21 months. 

"Walang dapat ikabahala si Cong. Velasco. Sinabi ko naman from the start susundin ko ang utos ng Pangulo (Cong. Velasco has nothing to worry about because I said from the start that I would follow the order of the President," he added.

"Wala namang magsasabi na di masusunod (no one is saying that it won't be followed)," Cayetano said of the deal. 

Some lawmakers floated the idea of Cayetano staying on as Speaker following his high trust and approval ratings and the quick approval of the 2020 national budget.

Any change in the House's top post will be put to a vote because "no one can take over by saying ikaw na (you're) next," Cayetano told reporters. 

The Speaker said he had no plan to seek the presidency or vice presidency in the 2022 elections, but he could run to reclaim his Senate seat or seek reelection as Taguig representative.

Report from RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News