House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano on Thursday said he relayed his apology to Senate President Tito Sotto for previous statements implying he was blaming the senators if the passage of the 2021 budget was delayed.
“So ngayong tanghali, I called up Senator Sotto and let me just summarize, I asked him if he can extend to the whole Senate that I apologize na ang dating ay kini-criticize ko o pina-pass ko sa Senate kung may delay,” the Taguig lawmaker said.
“Hindi ‘yun ang intensyon and if na-carry, alam niyo ang TV kasi, limited din lang ‘yung time sa news reports dahil maraming balita kaya ginawa ko sa Facebook live para makita ‘yung buong report,” he explained.
“And ang sinabi ko po don is that ang delay po is one day, sinabi ko po don na na-delay ng one month yung submission sa amin and hindi rin kasalanan ng DBM o executive kasi nagka-Covid, so maraming assumptions ang binago,” Cayetano said.
“So imbis na sisihin namin ‘yung executive na delay one month kaya delay rin kami, binilisan po namin that is why we made it on time. Ang akala kasi ng iba hindi namin mafo-forward ng maaga sa Senate and then hindi sila makakapagsimula ng November 17, one day after the November 16 schedule,” he said.
“So I am also extending to Senator (Sonny) Angara which I told him na personally, I know it’s an inconvenience, I know it’s not a small thing but we can make it up lalo sa bicam,” he said.
“Usually two weeks ang Bicam, if we start working on our, what we want to do with the budget, how to address people’s problems, now, until then mapapaikli natin ang Bicam baka three days o four days lang baka matapos natin ‘yan,” he said.
“I’d like to emphasize not only to my friends in the Senate, our friends sa palasyo, to congressmen, but I’m saying this to you as much to myself,” he said.
Sotto and Senator Ping Lacson earlier said it would be practically impossible to pass the 2021 budget on time due to Cayetano’s move to suspend the House session early last Tuesday in order to pre-empt an election for a new Speaker.