In July 2018, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte flexed her political might by rallying lawmakers to oust Davao Del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez as House Speaker after threatening to impeach her father, President Rodrigo Duterte.
Two years later, Sara is reportedly set to spark another upheaval at Batasang Pambansa by moving to eject House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano.
Multiple sources have told Politiko that Sara has started to make calls and send messages to political party leaders to rally support for Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Jay Velasco, Cayetano’s rival for Speaker.
Politiko’s sources said Sara has mustered enough support to install Velasco as Speaker next week, when the House of Representatives convenes for a special session from October 13 to 16.
Just like in 2018, Politiko’s sources said Duterte will not stand in his daughter’s way to remove Cayetano, who made the President look like a lame duck leader by disregarding the term sharing deal on the speakership with Velasco.
It was Sara’s father, President Duterte, who called for a special session to ensure the proposed 2021 national budget is passed by the House on third and final reading before Congress’ month-long break starts on October 16.
Cayetano had put the passage of the proposed 2021 national budget on third and final reading on hold until November to hold on to the speakership. During the October 6 session, his allies suspended the session until November 16, a bid seen to prevent an election happening on October 14 for the position of Speaker.
Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman said Duterte’s call for a special session is a rebuke to Cayetano, who’s not showing any signs of relinquishing the speakership peacefully to Velasco.
Since the 8th Congress began after the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution, Lagman said no Speaker has been elected without the President’s blessing.
In the 18th Congress, the President’s daughter shows she’s the force to be reckoned with by replacing Speakers– Alvarez in 2018 and soon, Cayetano– who have become liabilities to Duterte.