Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco broke his silence on his simmering feud with House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano in a Facebook post on Tuesday night.
Velasco, whose 15-21 term-sharing deal with Cayetano is in limbo after the two camps tussled over the budget, said he still intended to keep his end of the bargain.
“I have been silent during the duration of the Gentleman’s agreement in deference and respect to the sitting Speaker. My silence does not mean I am disinterested nor I have turned my back on the covenant,” he said.
““Mum on issues” means I just don’t want to call attention to myself. Being party to the term-sharing agreement, one does not and should not seek to compete with the current Speaker as a gentleman’s agreement is in force,” Velasco said.
“We will have our turn at the right time,” he said.
“Since I became a lawmaker I have worked quietly, away from publicity, to support this Administration and help accomplish the legislative agenda of President Duterte to improve the lives of the Filipino people,” Velasco said.
“When both parties finally honor the agreement, I will show my colleagues the kind of leadership I espouse. Thereafter, at the end of my term, my peers can then be the judge of my loyal service to God, to the President, and ultimately, to the Filipino people,” he added.