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Taguig Rep. Alan Cayetano has stepped down as House Speaker he held for more than a year, as Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco took over the top post in the lower chamber.

In a Facebook post, Cayetano announced that he was tendering his irrevocable resignation as Speaker effective immediately. He said he was leaving the post with a clear conscience and without regrets.

“Today, given the untenable political situation that Congress has been placed, and the possible damage to the country if the 2021 budget is not passed on time – I take his admonition to ‘put aside all politics and focus on the budget’ to heart, and with this, tender my irrevocable resignation as Speaker of the House of Representatives effective immediately,” he said.

“I go now with a clear conscience. I have done my best, I have given my all, I leave with no regrets, and I hold no rancor in my heart towards anyone,” he said.

He thanked his colleagues for giving him the chance to serve as House Speaker, adding he will cherish their friendship.

He also asked his fellow lawmakers to restore the dignity of Congress and the “right the wrongs” made for the sake of partisan politics.

“We are still faced with the daunting tasks of not just helping the country recover from this pandemic, but of also rebuilding the trust of the Filipino people in this, the House of their Representatives,” he said.

“With this act, I am hopeful that it will pave the way for the constitutional transition for the new leadership. I call on my colleagues – let us restore the dignity of Congress as an institution and as a symbol of democracy, and right the wrongs that have been made in the name of partisan politics,” he said.

The Taguig solon agreed to quit his post while Velasco’s election as Speaker was ratified by the majority of the members of the House Tuesday.

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take…

Posted by Alan Peter Cayetano on Monday, October 12, 2020

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