By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN
House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said he is willing to give up the Speakership if he thinks he already lost the support of majority of congressmen.
Cayetano made the statement after rumors of a House coup started to circulate among lawmakers after Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte taunted members of the Lower House with a cryptic message in her Instagram account.
“Yung gusto naman maging Speaker, puwede naman maging Speaker. Hindi naman ako magkakapit-tuko sa posisyon na ito. I don’t even need (it). Nabasa ko sa isang front page may kudeta. They don’t have to have a coup d’état,” said Cayetano during a press conference in San Juan City.
Cayetano said there is no need for a coup d’état in the bigger chamber, saying that he’s ready to step down as Speaker if majority of congressmen say so.
“They can come to me and say na, Sir, mas gusto namin si Martin Romualdez.’ Eh kasundong-kasundo ko naman si Martin Romualdez, sige Martin takeover. After 15 months, sabihin naman ni Lord Velasco ako naman, eh ‘di takeover?” said Cayetano.
Mayor Duterte on Sunday taunted legislators in her Instagram page for not listening to her, amidst series of blunder in the Philippines’ hosting of the Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) which is headed by Cayetano.
Cayetano chairs the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC).
“‘I told you so’ is a sure-fire way to kick-start and argument. In the same way, ‘you do not listen’ will ignite a conversation into a heated one,” said Duterte.
“May I just say to everyone in Congress, ‘I told you but you did not listen so there you go’,” she added.
The remarks made by the Presidential daughter has fueled speculations that another power scuffle may happen in the House of Representatives considering that Mayor Duterte is not only a staunch supporter of Marinduque Rep. Lord Alan Velasco—Cayetano’s once fierce rival for the Speakership—but also the person behind the ouster of former Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez last year in a dramatic fashion.
When asked for comment over Mayor Duterte’s post, Cayetano said “I don’t have IG.”