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Ba’t atat? Pulong puzzled on Cayetano’s rush to fill posts when he’s not yet Speaker

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Davao City Rep. Paolo “Pulong” Duterte has hinted that the speakership race is not yet over even if his father, President Rodrigo Duterte, already endorsed Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano.

Pulong slammed Cayetano Thursday (July 11) for discussing about House committee chairmanships ahead of the election of the Speaker on the opening of the 18th Congress on July 22.

The committee chairpersons are appointed by the Speaker.

“Wala pa naman nanalo speaker, bakit committees na ang tinatanong natin?” Pulong said in a text message.

The presidential son said he was more interested in the election of a new Speaker, hinting that Cayetano may not get the position.

“May election pa sa July 22 at doon ako mas interesado, kung sino ang mananalo. Kasi may bali-balita, may isa sa tatlo na balak mag-coup d’etat on the day,” Pulong said. “Mukhang hindi pa tapos ang laban para sa kanilang tatlo at sa mga backers.”

Duterte endorsed Cayetano, his running mate in the 2016 national elections, as the next Speaker on July 8. The lawmaker will share the position with Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Jay Velasco.

Under the so-called “Magellan formula,” Cayetano will be Speaker for the first 15 months of the 18th Congress. He will be followed by Velasco, who will hold the position until the end of the Duterte administration in 2022.

The Duterte Coalition, a group of Davao-based lawmakers led by Pulong and his sister, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, remain mum about their father’s endorsement.

Velasco and Davao City Rep. Isidro Ungab, the Duterte Coalition’s candidate for Speaker, are also tight lipped about Cayetano’s anointment as Speaker.

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