Former House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano Speaks on Leaving the Post
ALAN PETER CAYETANO – The Taguig-Pateros Representative explained why he “resigned” from being the speaker of the House of Representatives.
The issues in the House of Representatives have started to slowly die down now. It was after President Rodrigo Roa Duterte summoned Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Cayetano and Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco.
Cayetano and Velasco had a conflict over the House speakership. They had an agreement that the Taguig Representative will be succeeded as the House Speaker by the Marinduque Representative by October 15.
However, the lawmakers in the House have opposing views. There are those who believe that a change in leadership is not necessary now. As for the camp of Velasco, they pushed for respect to the term-sharing agreement made earlier.
A session was held in Celebrity Sports Complex in Quezon City and Cayetano was ousted. After the seat was declared vacant, Velasco was elected as House Speaker.
The two lawmakers were called by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte over the matter. Malacanang has previously clarified that the Chief Executive is not taking any side.
Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano filed for resignation. A lawmaker stressed that he was ousted. The former House Speaker explained why he left the post.
Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, Cayetano expressed that he does not want conflict inside the House of Representatives. According to him, he would rather give up the position and help than keep it but it will spark a conflict.
“Pagka nagkagulo, yung bansa natin ang kawawa, yung bayan po natin ang kawawa,” he said based on the report.
Cayetano called for “palabra de honor” or the word of honor from Velasco to keep his statement to Pres. Duterte not to change the leaderships of the House committees. Yesterday, several committees got new officials.
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