Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte on Monday broke her silence on the battle for House speakership, saying her regional Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) party “will respect the term-sharing agreement” between her friend Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco and Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano.
The daughter of President Rodrigo Duterte confirmed in a statement that she met Velasco last Friday to talk about the speakership fight.
“Congressman Velasco came to Davao City to personally meet me and discuss Hugpong Ng Pagbabago,” she said.
“He intimated that there will be a Speakership vote and he sought for my help, as the Chairperson of HNP, with regard to the votes of the three HNP Congressmen from Davao Region,” Duterte said.
“I told him that HNP was created to propel unity and development in Davao Region and assist the administration of President Duterte,” she added.
“I also emphasized that HNP will respect the term-sharing agreement as ordered by the President last year and reiterated that the party fully supports Presidential Proclamation 1027,” Duterte said, referring to the special session called by her father.