By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN
Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco should honor the existing set-up in the House of Representatives including committee chairmanships if he is really sincere with their term-sharing agreement.
Cayetano made the remarks after holding a caucus with members of the National Unity Party (NUP) and the Nacionalista Party (NP) amid the alleged foiled House coup that is currently being linked with Velasco and his supporters.
Cayetano stressed that Velasco’s alleged actions might cause the administration coalition to collapse for allegedly offering sweetheart deals to congressmen including not only committee chairmanships but also huge amount of allocations for their district once it’s the Marinduque congressman’s turn to be become Speaker in their gentlemen’s agreement.
“Sa lahat ng statements, sinasabi niya he will honor the term sharing agreement, pero bakit hindi niya masabi na walang palitan ng chairmanships?” said Cayetano.
He said both him and Velasco earlier agreed that as part of their term-sharing deal, they will be the only two congressmen that will switch places will other key House posts will remain in respect to other coalition partners.
“Noong nagsimula kami, nag-usap kami, para hindi na ma-disrupt, tayo na lang dalawa ang magpalitan at kung gusto niyo palitan si Chairman Bambol, pero in the meantime, they promising chairmanships. Bakit ngayon hindi niya ma-commit? Di ba?” said Cayetano.
“Sila ang nagte-threaten ng coalition by what they are doing. Di ba? Yun naman ang challenge ko sa kanila, go for the record, na pagpalit, tayong dalawa lang ang magpapalit. All the other chairmen will stay. Problema he’ll lose some of his support,” he added.
Cayetano explained that being in a coalition is a “give and take” priority and Velasco couldn’t just dispatch congressmen who he believed is not close to him since the Taguig-Pateros solon also did accommodate lawmakers for key House position even though they are not completely attached to him since they are also part of the “super majority coalition.”
“Kaya nga marami tayong deputy speakers, marami tayong chairmen etc, because we are tying na buoin yung coalition. Di ba? Sa coalition, give and take iyan,” he said.
“Kung mamumulitika ako, dapat hinati ko na lang Congress, 50 percent plus one the tinodo ko yung resources ko sa kanila para may base ako. Pero hindi. I open it up to everyone that this is a coalition,” the Speaker stressed.