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Goodbye Cayetano? Sara Duterte’s Hugpong shuns term sharing for speakership

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte and her influential regional party Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) have rejected the so-called term-sharing deal being pushed by the camp of Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano to finally resolve the speakership row.

In a statement, Mayor Duterte said she and her party “will not gun for term-sharing for the Speaker of the House.”

According to Mayor Duterte, term-sharing is not only “counterproductive” but will also “slowdown” the last three years of the administration of his father, President Rodrigo Duterte.

Mayor Duterte stressed that the House of Representatives “will be racked with unseating the incumbent Speaker, deceit, dissent, and distrust” if the term-sharing deal being pushed by the Cayetano camp will push through.

“We do not know why the term sharing influencers do not seem to care what will happen to the House,” said Mayor Duterte.

The President’s daughter believed that those lobbying for a term-sharing in the House leadership “just want to install a speaker and do not think about what comes after.”

Buhay Party-list Rep. Lito Atienza on Thursday blasted members of the Duterte cabinet’s economic cluster for maneuvering for the revival of the term-sharing deal which will only benefit Cayetano.

Atienza stressed that Cayetano doesn’t have enough support to win the speakership later this month and his men with the support of Finance Sec. Carlos “Sonny” Dominguez III, Public Works Sec. Mark Villar, and Transportation Sec. Arthur Tugade were allegedly lobbying for the term-sharing deal with Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco because that’s the only way the Taguig-Pateros solon can get the House leadership.

Mayor Duterte said that the issue of choosing the next leader of the Lower House should be settle by its members alone.

“Let us leave the speaker issue to the members of the House of Representatives and the political parties and that includes HNP,” said Mayor Duterte.

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