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President Rodrigo Duterte appeared to rub salt on the wounds of Taguig Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano as he celebrated his 50th birthday Wednesday (October 28) stripped of the title he longed to retain: House Speaker.

Without mentioning the heated speakership fight, Duterte commended his running mate for supposedly taking the events of the past few days in stride in a video message Cayetano shared on his Facebook page.

“Alan Peter Cayetano, today is a very special day and I’d like to share the glorious moment in your life. You achieved so much, and you did not really feel bad about everything that transpired during the last few days,” the President said.

“You did your best and next time, given the chance, that you will succeed and do better,” Duterte added.

Cayetano admitted that he wanted to stay on as Speaker beyond October 14, the date set by Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Jay Velasco for the turnover of the position under their term-sharing agreement, because he was keen on celebrating his birthday as the top leader of the House of Representatives.

“When we made the ’15-21,’ at sabi ko nandiyan si Senator Bong Go, very, very clear ‘yung usapan: I have two budgets na ipapasa and magbi-birthday ako na ako ang Speaker,” Cayetano said in a September 30 speech at the House.

The Taguig lawmaker, however, acknowledged that he and Velasco had the same wish. The Marinduque congressman will turn 43 on November 9.

“Sabi nya, ‘birthday ko rin eh!’ Sabi ko, ‘50th birthday ko. Sentimental ako.’ Sabi ‘nya, ‘Ang babaw mo naman.’ ‘Ang babaw ko talaga!” Cayetano said.

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