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Chance of House coup? Lagman says: ‘Nil’

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There’s practically zero possibility for a coup in the House speakership race, according to Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman.

“A coup is staged by hostile forces opposed to the establishment,” he said, noting that President Rodrigo Duterte, who endorsed a term-sharing deal between Taguig Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano and Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco, would not face resistance from his allies.

“Considering that the members of the supermajority coalition are allied with President Rodrigo Duterte, the possibility of a coup from allies to subvert the President’s anointment of presumptive Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano is nil,” the Magnificent 7 leader said.

Lagman said the ouster of former Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez by the forces of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in 2018 was a different case.

“It was not a coup but a mutiny of a disgruntled crew orchestrated by an external force,” he said.

“Current grumblings in the House are the usual infighting for choice positions of Deputy Speakers, Committee Chairmen, Vice Chairmen, and ranking members, among fellow partisans which would test the mettle and fortitude of a leader,” Lagman said.

He said the real question was in who would become Minority Leader.

“After the two most important positions of Speaker and Majority Leader have been settled even before a single vote is cast in the Plenary, what is of urgency is the recognition of the third most important position, that of an authentic, credible and responsible Minority Leader from the ranks of the true opposition,” said Lagman.

The Liberal Party member earlier offered himself as leader of the House minority.

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