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President Rodrigo Duterte regrets choosing House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano as running mate over former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., the Philippine Star reported Friday (October 9).

According to the Philippine Star, Duterte expressed his regret about running alongside Cayetano when he met with police and military officials Thursday (October 8) shortly before making a public address.

“Before his televised address, which started at 7 p.m., the President met with officials of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police to tell them he might need their help in making sure that government would not operate on a reenacted budget next year,” The Philippine Star reported.

Marcos ended up running alongside the late senator Miriam Defensor Santiago in the 2016 elections. He placed second in the vice presidential race, while Cayetano was a far third placer.

In his public address, Duterte told lawmakers in the House of Representatives to resolve the leadership row among themselves or “I will solve the problem for you.”

“Either you resolve the issue in your impasse and pass the budget legally or constitutionally. Pag hindi ninyo ginawa, ako ang gagawa para sa inyo,” he said.

The timely passage of the 2021 national budget has been affected by the leadership row in the House over Cayetano’s refusal to honor the term sharing agreement with Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Jay Velasco.

Cayetano had the session suspended from October 6 to November 16, a bid seen to prevent an election happening on October 14 for the position of Speaker.

Velasco had demanded that Cayetano step down on October 14 in accordance with their term sharing agreement, which was brokered in Duterte’s presence.

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