Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman believes President Rodrigo Duterte rebuked House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano by calling for a special session of Congress next week amid the leadership row in the House of Representatives.
In a statement Friday (October 9), Lagman noted that it was Cayetano who moved to prematurely end the plenary debates on the proposed 2021 national budget by moving for its approval on second reading on October 6.
After the budget’s approval, Cayetano
Cayetano had the session suspended from October 6 to November 16, a bid seen to prevent an election happening on October 14 for the position of Speaker.
Lagman urged Duterte to call “soonest the Congress to a special session so that the deliberations on the enactment of the national budget could resume and assure the timely passage of the national budget for 2021.”