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Paano na si Lord? Pulong opposes term-sharing, wants to elect new speaker after Cayetano

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

Davao City 1st district Rep. Paolo Duterte clarified that he remains opposed against the terms-sharing for Speakership despite voting for House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano on Monday.

“I am against any term sharing agreement,” said Duterte in his nomination speech for Cayetano.

President Rodrigo Duterte’s eldest son further stressed that the term-sharing agreement “is between” Cayetano, House Majority Floor Leader Ferdinand Martin Romualdez (Leyte), and Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco and the chief executive.

But the moment Cayetano resigns from the House leadership after 15 months, the Davao City solon said the Lower House should elect a new leader, although he didn’t clarify if congress should elect Velasco as successor of the former Foreign Affairs secretary.

“If the Speaker resigns after 15 months, then we will have to elect a new Speaker,” said Rep. Duterte.

The Presidential son earlier was reportedly disappointed with Velasco for agreeing to the term-sharing deal with Cayetano.

The Hugpong ng Pagbabago-led “Duterte Coalition” which was spearheaded Rep. Duterte himself opposed the term-sharing deal between Cayetano and Velasco since it will only cause divisiveness among congressmen.

But House Committee on Appropriations chair and Davao City 2nd district Rep. Isidro Ungab gave an assurance to his colleagues that both Rep. Duterte and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte will heed to their patriarch’s suggestion on term-sharing.

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