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Breakfast battle! Paolo Duterte, Cayetano to host separate SONA meals for congressmen

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

MANILA – Will Davao City Rep. Paolo Duterte try to steal the spotlight from the presumptive House Speaker, Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano at the opening of the 18th Congress?

The answer lies within hours before the formal opening of the session at the Batasang Pambasa Complex this coming July 22.

Politiko learned that the President’s eldest son will reportedly host a breakfast meeting for select congressmen exactly an hour before Monday’s Speakership election and has already reserved the South Lounge of the House of Representatives’ main building.

Anakalusugan Party-list Mike Defensor said the meeting will be led by Rep. Duterte as head of the Duterte Coalition and he has already received an advised from ACT-CIS Party-list Rep. Eric Yap.

“I have received an invite from Cong. Eric Yap for the Duterte Coalition this coming Monday,” said Defensor.

Duterte earlier disclosed about the possibility of a “coup d’état” inside the chamber to prevent the term-sharing deal which was earlier suggested by his father between Cayetano and Marindque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco.

Rep. Duterte stressed that a power scuffle may break out among disappointed members of the Lower House to prevent a Cayetano Speakership.

Cayetano according to Defensor will also host a separate breakfast meeting for the presumptive members of the new House Majority at the Speaker Nograles Hall located in the South Wing Annex Building.

Only the Davao City solon among members of the First Family will attend their patriarch’s fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) as City Mayor Sara Duterte and Vice Mayor Sebastian Duterte both begged off from the event.

Mayor Duterte, chairperson of the influential Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) party on Wednesday announced that she won’t be gracing the SONA festivities she’s currently on a “60-day special medical leave” due to a “gyne condition” which she didn’t further elaborate.

Sebastian for his part said he will just watch his father deliver his annual address to the nation on television.

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