Ousted House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano isn’t keen on fading into irrelevance after losing the speakership to Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Jay Velasco.
Cayetano is set to launch on Thursday (January 14) his own group, “BTS Sa Kongreso.” The name is an obvious attempt to ride on the popularity of the biggest Korean boyband of this era, BTS.
Joining Cayetano in the group are his allies who lost their plum leadership posts when Velasco became Speaker. They are:
Camarines Sur Rep. Luis Raymund “LRay” Villafuerte Jr
Capiz Rep. Fredenil Castro
Laguna Rep. Dan Fernandez
Batangas Rep. Raneo Abu
Anakalusugan party-list Rep. Mike Defensor
Bulacan Rep. Jose Antonio Sy-Alvarado
Villafuerte, Castro, Fernandez and Abu were all Deputy Speakers under Cayetano’s speakership, while Defensor chaired the House committee on public accounts.
Sy-Alvarado was the chairman of the House committee on good government and public accountability, but he was replaced by Diwa party-list Rep. Michael Aglipay when Cayetano was ousted as Speaker.
Cayetano earlier said that he doesn’t want to be identified with the House minority despite being at odds with Velasco. Perhaps establishing “BTS Sa Kongreso” was his way of staying relevant even if the spotlight is no longer on him.