Masyadong mataas ang lipad! Duterte growing wary of Velasco
President Rodrigo Duterte is having second thoughts about endorsing Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Jay Velasco as the next Speaker, a Malacañang source told Politiko.
The source said Duterte is wary of Velasco’s ego and ambition.
Velasco, the son of retired Supreme Court Justice Presbitero Velasco, wants to be Speaker on his second term in the House of Representatives.
The source said Duterte is concerned by Velasco’s swagger, since he’s reportedly throwing his weight around even though he’s not yet a House leader.
“Duterte is thinking, ‘If Velasco’s ego is already big now, what more if he becomes Speaker?'” the source said.
The President’s doubts over Velasco may be the reason why he’s keeping his hands off in the speakership race.
Earlier this week, Duterte said he would let lawmakers decide who will be the next Speaker instead of endorsing anyone between Velasco, Taguig Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez.