By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN
Party-list Cong. Mike Defensor (Anakalusugan) said he is having second thoughts on whether or not the term-sharing deal for the House leadership between Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco will still push through.
Defensor’s remarks came following the pronouncement made by the National Unity Party (NUP) that the agreement may not proceed as planned considering the high trust and approval ratings gained by Cayetano during the recent survey released by Social Weather Station (SWS).
“Why would we change the direction and draft of Congress and our country when we are doing well?” said Defensor.
“Kung ang Pangulo natin e playing coach ng basketball team at si Speaker eh forward, hindi naman siya power forward, forward lang o guard, eh siya naman ang pumu-puntos sa ngayon bakit mo tatanggalin at ibabangko mo?” Defensor added.
Defensor stressed that rather than talking about the term-sharing deal, he rather just work in helping to achieve the legislative agenda of the Duterte administration.
“The President has only three years. Matatapos na iyong unang taon niya. Kailangan tapusin pa rin natin at kailangan pa din nating gawin iyong kanyang legislative agenda,” said Defensor.
“Sa akin for the benefit of national interest, the leadership of Speaker Alan Cayetano, Congressman Martin Romualdez, the Chairmen of the different Committees, iyong mga critical natin diyan: the Ways and Means, Appropriations, Games and Amusements—they are all doing very well.”
Party-list Cong. Eric Go Yap (ACT-CIS) earlier said the House of Representatives will elect a new leader later next year if Cayetano decided to step down.
According to Yap, the term-sharing deal is a mere gentlemen’s agreement between Cayetano and Velasco and it was never put on paper.
“Wala namang napirmahan na agreement na term-sharing. Ang meron lang tayo, nagkaroon tayo ng election,” said Yap.