Deputy Speaker and Mandaluyong Rep. Boyet Gonzales on Thursday said he believes Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano enjoys the support of his colleagues in the House majority.
“If the House will be left alone to decide the issue of Speakership – then I think, Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano will remain as the head of the House of Representatives,” the former House majority leader said.
“Speaker Alan has already shown his caliber of leadership. He has been honed by years of political experience – having started his political career from councilor, congressman, and Senator,” Gonzales said.
“Being a Majority Leader of the Senate too, provided further mastery of his parliamentary skills, not to mention that his familiarity with the Senators also worked to the advantage of the House, in terms of dealing with our Senate counterparts,” he added.
“Also, never has the House experienced a closer relationship and coordination with the Cabinet Secretaries, all because Speaker Alan was also a former cabinet secretary,” Gonzales said.
“So this is the only time in the history of the House, that a Speaker was once a upon a time, both a former Senator and a cabinet Secretary and who has had a working relationship with the current crop of sitting senators and cabinet secretaries. This obviously has helped a lot in fast-tracking the legislative mill,” he said.
“But more than his experience, he has demonstrated his willingness to reach out with sincerity and concern to all members of the House. He tries to understand and accommodate every time, the needs of each member, the best way that he can,” Gonzales said.
“At naniniwala ako na naramdaman naman lahat ng miembro ng kamara ang efforts niya at init ng kanyang pakikisama at liderato,” he said.