House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano on Thursday acknowledged a supposed clamor from his allies that he stay on as leader of the chamber, but insisted Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco had nothing to worry about.
“Once in a while merong papasyal sa office, Speaker, sana hindi ka na mapalitan, but standard pa rin ‘yung answer ko, ‘hindi kita kokontrahin pero tutukan natin ‘yung trabaho’,” the Taguig lawmaker told reporters in Tagaytay City.
“Kasi argument pa doon sa sabing, bababa ka pa, ‘pag sinabing hindi edi argument, doon sa huwag ka nang bumaba, um-Oo ka naman, argument pa ‘di ba? Let’s just do our best in the 15 months,” he added.
Cayetano added: “Paano kung si Congressman Velasco mismo ang nagsabi na ayaw niya na or paano kung before the 15 months sabihin kong nagawa ko na ‘yung dapat kong gawin?”
“So andaming puwedeng mangyari pero wala namang nagsasabi na as of now na hindi masusunod. Ang sinasabi ko from the start, let’s respect the call of the President,” he added.
Cayetano and Velasco entered into a 15-21 month term-sharing agreement before Congress opened in July.
The deal brokered by President Rodrigo Duterte would see Cayetano serving in the first 15 months as Speaker with Velasco taking over for the remaining 21 months.
But Cayetano’s allies earlier began floating the possibility that he should remain Speaker because of his high ratings.
Velasco, however, said the gentleman’s agreement between them remained in effect.
The Speaker was a guest at the 45th top level management conference of the Kapisanan ng nga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas in Tagaytay City.