House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano pulled a shocker on Tuesday by forcing the approval on second reading of the proposed 2021 budget and the suspension of session until November 16, preventing the chance of a leadership change on October 14.
The Taguig lawmaker delivered a speech slamming Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco and saying there would not have been a leadership crisis if the latter only agreed to a November transition instead of insisting on October 14.
Then he moved for the termination of the budget proceedings in what he described as a proof that he was “not holding the budget hostage,” contrary to Velasco’s accusation.
The presiding chair, Deputy Speaker Raneo Abu, then announced that session would be suspended until November 16.
This means Velasco and his allies would not be able to declare a vacancy in the House and call for the election of a new Speaker.
“This proves beyond doubt that Speaker Cayetano is desperately hanging on. He has just publicly confirmed that he is losing ground that’s why he did it,” Buhay party-list Rep. Lito Atienza said.
“He didn’t care about Constitutional integrity, throwing everything into the air and making Congress go on a long vacation. Ginulo niya lahat and he violated all the rules of the House. Many of us were objecting at the top of our voices but again, we were muted on Zoom and all our objections were thrown out the window,” he added.
“This is typical of a poor loser – Pag natatalo ka na, guluhin mo na lang ang mesa, sunugin mo na lang ang bahay ika nga,” Atienza said.
He posted a picture of his computer showing he was muted while watching the proceeding via Zoom.