Senator Christopher Lawrence Go said Tuesday the Senate will not intervene on the House leadership issues.
“As a senator, we have different views about it. Whatever the decision of the Lower House, we will respect it,” Go told reporters at the sidelines of relief distribution to fire victims in Barangay Paciano Bangoy here.
Go said the Senate “doesn’t have the right to be involved” in the decision-making surrounding the House of Representatives.
“The House is composed of more than 300 congressmen; they are the ones who can vote for their leader,” Go added.
In a statement over the weekend, Davao City 1st District Rep. Paolo “Pulong’ Duterte clarified that he was not advocating for a change of leadership in the Lower House and would rather prefer to steer clear of the issue.
The lawmaker issued the statement after he reportedly warned his colleagues to move to declare as vacant the positions of Speaker and Deputy Speakers amid ongoing row at the Lower House, which was said to be fueled by arguments on the “disparity” in infrastructure budget allocations in the lawmakers’ respective districts.
However, the presidential son said the text message was merely an expression of his “personal dismay” upon learning of the infighting in the lower chamber.
“It was the same message that I sent after one Congressman from the Visayas bloc dragged my name into the issue even after I have already strongly made myself clear over this issue,” he said.
The Davao City lawmaker said it was up to the members of the Lower House to “correct everything that they perceive as wrong happening within the Lower House or change leadership as they demand fair treatment and reforms.”
“If the members of Congress will push for a change in House leadership, as a reaction to their sentiments, obviously I would be among the casualties because I am a deputy speaker. I am ready to accept the consequences. As much as I am part of Congress with a duty to be involved in the goings-on inside, I cannot discount the fact that I am a Duterte,” he said.
On the other hand, the young Duterte said over the past days, many lawmakers have called him as they expressed their “disappointment and consternation” over the fate of their respective allocations and budgets from the hands of the current House leadership.
“Although I am an ex officio member being a Deputy Speaker, I have respectfully and clearly told them that their concern is something that I would rather stay away from — out of delicadeza because my father is the President,” he said.
“I could only hope that Congress and its members will be able to resolve this issue before everything goes out of hand before it could bludgeon the credibility of the institutions and inflict damage beyond repair,” he added. (PNA)