Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco on Monday called on Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano to “uphold” their 15-21 term-sharing agreement which he described as “crystal clear.”
“The covenant was crystal clear: a 15-21 term-sharing agreement. The first term expires on Sept 30, after which the second term immediately begins,” he said in a Facebook post.
“That was the pledge made before the President. As true leaders and as examples for our people, both sides are obligated to avoid situations or statements that would subvert the agreement and betray the trust of our people who’ve stood witness to the covenant,” Velasco said.
He made the post following the release of various manifestos from House blocs backing Cayetano’s leadership.
“Trust and honor are values that are important, especially in these trying times. They reveal our true character and show what we, as leaders, are truly made of,” Velasco said.
“And it is in this period of difficulty that our people yearn for honorable leaders whom they can trust–– Leaders who are able to live up to their promises come hell or high water, Leaders with Palabra de honor who lead not with lip service, but who back up their words with action,” he added.
“When the House Speakership term-sharing agreement was entered into, it was based on mutual trust and confidence. After all, it was an agreement brokered by and forged in the presence of no less than President Rodrigo Duterte,” Velasco said.
“Let us uphold the agreement as this was made “FOR GOD AND OUR COUNTRY 1521”. I have always intended to honor the agreement. We all should. Our people deserve nothing less,” he said.