By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN
Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco is eyeing a return as chairman of the House Committee on Energy while waiting for his turn in the term-sharing deal he forged with Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano for the House leadership.
“I was asking for the Energy Committee,” said Velasco in an ambush interview when asked over his plans while waiting for the first 15 months under a Cayetano Speakership.
He admitted that Cayetano offered him a Deputy Speakership post for the first 15 months of the 18th Congress but he told the new House leader that he would prefer to return as chair of the Energy Committee.
Velasco said a lot of pending things are need to be settle in the old congressional panel which he used to handle during the entire 17th Congress.
“They were actually offering me a deputy speaker but I said na I rather work with my former energy committee… because I have a lot to do with the energy sector,” said Velasco.
Velasco said it will be determined this coming Tuesday whether or not he will regain control of the energy panel.
Velasco last summer spearheaded the passage Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act—designed to help the country address energy woes and make the country an appealing destination for investments in the power sector.
Meanwhile, Velasco is confident that Cayetano will abide with the term-sharing deal proposed by President Rodrigo Duterte.
“You know, we had a gentlemen’s agreement. So I’ll respect the 15 months of Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and hopefully by the 15th month, he said he would step down. And then, like what I’ve said again, we still go back to an election for the next House Speaker,” said Velasco.