House Speaker Lord Allan Jay Velasco will continue the removal of lawmakers loyal to his predecessor, Alan Peter Cayetano, from leadership posts after a contentious speakership row.
Velasco told ANC’s “Headstart” Monday (October 19) that he will be reviewing committee chairmanships and other leadership positions over Congress’ month-long recess. He said all bets are now off with regard to the term sharing agreement after Cayetano failed to honor his end of the bargain.
Under the term sharing agreement, only the chairman of the House accounts committee will be changed when Velasco becomes Speaker.
The Marinduque lawmaker, however, has removed as Deputy Speaker Camarines Sur Rep. Luis Raymund Villafuerte, who’s known to be loyal to Cayetano.
“There were also four times that Peter denied the Lord so I guess, the term-sharing agreement actually been broken but at the end of the day, I still kept the promise with Majority Leader Martin Romualdez to stay as the majority leader,” Velasco said.
There are actually some posts Karen that really need changes mainly because most of the posts required the trust and confidence of the Speaker,” he added.
Velasco said Villafuerte’s removal was “definitely” not part of the term sharing deal, and there was no guarantee that the Camarines Sur lawmaker will not be replaced.
“The deputy speakers also require the trust and confidence of the Speaker,” he said.
Among the lawmakers who attacked Velasco at the height of the leadership row include Manadaluyong City Rep. Neptali Gonzales II, Capiz Rep. Fredenil Castro, Anakalusugan party-list Rep. Mike Defensor and Laguna Rep Dan Fernandez.
Gonzales, Castro and Fernandez are all Deputy Speakers while Defensor is chairman of the House public accounts committee.