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Alan clarifies: We’ll push unlimited 4-year-term or limited 5-year-term for House members

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Taguig Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano on Wednesday clarified that he was not pushing for term extension for members of House of Representatives in order to have a longer term of office than the 15-21 month term-sharing deal he has with Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco.

“So, at the risk, of saying, kasi kanina may nagsabi na sa akin sa media, si Alan is pushing for term extension, which is not true. 15-21 na nga eh. Baka iniisip noong iba, four to five years para ma-extend din kami. Hindi po ‘yun ang sinabi ko,” he said at a dinner with congressmen at SM Aura.

Instead, the Nacionalista stalwart said he wished only to ensure continuity of programs, noting that three years was too short for House members

“I think, there is a way that the Senate will agree that we push either for four years no term limit or five years na may term limit,” Cayetano said.

“Ang sabi ko, while there are substantive bills that we have to file, the reality is there is also administrative restrictions and limitations that’s why hindi mag-develop ang ating bansa. And one of them is the three-year term na may term limit pa,” he said.

“Bakit? You are elected in May, you take office on June, ‘yung six months you’re just getting organized, kung kalaban mo nakaupo ubos na ‘yung pondo, nag-e-explain ka pa sa tao, bakit, you know, kung ‘di mo nade-deliver lahat,” he added.

“Your budget starts in January, and that’s only one year, 2020, because in 2021, everyone is thinking of 2022, then the cycle starts again. 2022, your take off is in June 30, six months kang getting organized, learning curves sa bago. 2023 is the only time that you can work. 2024, eleksyon na naman ang nasa isip,” he said.

“So, you cannot implement your projects. Napaka-practical mo, nawala ‘yung idealism, makukulong ka nun. That’s just the reality of life,” Cayetano said.

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