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Deputy Speaker Paolo “Pulong” Duterte has threatened to declare the posts of Speaker and Deputy Speaker vacant after his name was linked to speakership feud in relation to the proposed P4.5-trillion national budget for 2021.

In a text message to House appropriations committee chairman Eric Yap, which has been making the rounds online, Duterte expressed his displeasure at being linked to the issue.

“Sinabihan ko na kayo nananahimk lang ako kasi di na ako kinakausap nina speaker ngayon nadamay ako. I will ask the mindanao bloc to declare the seat of the speaker and Deputy speakers vacant ngayon monday di mamamatay ang mindanao dahil walang budget!” Duterte said.

The presidential son added that he is also encouraging the House minority bloc to follow his lead.

The camps of House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Jay Velasco have been fighting since last week over the allocations for congressional districts in the Department of Public Works and Highways’ budget.

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