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Sara’s Hugpong opposed to term-sharing deal for speaker despite Rody’s consent

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte’s Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) still opposes the term-sharing deal for the speakership that was successfully lobbied by the camp of Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano.

In a text message to Politiko, Mayor Duterte said as chairperson of HNP, her party’s stand against term-sharing for speakership remained the same even though her father President Rodrigo Duterte revived the “1521 formula” between Cayetano and Marinduque Rep. Lord Alan Velasco last Monday.

“HNP, yes no change,” said Mayor Duterte.

Mayor Duterte earlier warned that the possibility of another House coup was just around the corner if proponents of the term-sharing deal succeed with their lobbying.

The President’s daughter, the supposed brains behind 2018 House coup that led to the ouster of former House Speaker Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez, said HNP will definitely not support those who are pushing for the term-sharing since “it will slow down the last three years of the administration of President Duterte.”

On Tuesday, Anakalusugan Party-list Rep. Mike Defensor said there were still forces trying to resist the 1521 term-sharing arrangement between Cayetano and Velasco.

“There are still movements,” said Defensor.

Defensor claimed that invitations to join the HNP-led “Duterte Coalition” are still circulating among congressmen especially in the 54-man Party-list Coalition Foundation, Inc. (PCFI).

According to Defensor, PCFI members belonging to the so-called “Davao Group” were the ones who were circulating the invitation during the bloc’s caucus last Tuesday in Pasig City.

Defensor said theses PCFI members were also signatories in the Duterte Coalition last Friday.

Among the Davao-based PCFI members who were signatories in the Duterte Coalition include Marino Party-list Reps. Carlo Lisandro Gonzalez and Jose Antonio Lopez, and Dumper Party-list Rep. Claudine Diana “Dendee” Bautista.

Marino and Dumper are two of the five party-list groups endorsed by HNP during the 2019 midterm elections.

Gonzalez and Lopez were seen during Tuesday’s meeting at the Marco Polo Hotel–Ortigas while Bautista didn’t grace the caucus.

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