Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano is bent on keeping his influence in Batasan even after he steps down in seven months as part of a power-sharing deal brokered by no less than President Rodrigo Duterte himself.
Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco will assume the Speakership in October this year and Cayetano has been making a lot of ruckus in the past few weeks just to make his stay in office longer than he promised to Duterte.
“Ang challenge ko lang sa kanya, mag-make categorical statement na kapag naging Speaker ka na, wala kang aalisin sa kahit sinong officer, leadership at chairperson. Kasi kapag sinabi niya yun, eh di tahimik na rin kami,” Cayetano said in a press conference.
Cayetano claimed it was part of the term-sharing deal to keep the committee chairpersons and other leadership posts amid the change in the speakership.
Cayetano earlier bared that Velasco has already been offering chairmanships and funding allocations for congressmen in an alleged attempted coup.
But it was Cayetano who actually removed committee chairmen – Davao City Rep. Isidro Ungab was kicked out of the House appropriations committee and Oriental Mindoro Rep. Salvador Leachon was ejected from the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET).
Leachon claimed that Cayetano merely created the coup rumors against him to provide him a reason, not matter how flimsy or contrived, not to honor his term-sharing agreement with Velasco.
The term-sharing deal allows Cayetano to serve until October 2020, and let Velasco take over and assume the speakership until 2022.
Velasco has dismissed as “baseless” and “sly innuendos being peddled by certain camps with vested interests” his supposed plan to oust Cayetano.
Velasco said he would continue to honor the 15-21 term-sharing agreement, adding that he never had any intention of “reneging” on the deal.