By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN
His wish is granted.
Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco, the so-called “Speaker-in-waiting,” has regained the chairmanship of the House Committee on Energy.
During Wednesday’s proceedings in the House plenary, Velasco has been unanimously voted to once again chair the energy panel.
Velasco headed the Energy Committee during the entire 17th Congress, where he spearheaded the passage of several legislations related with innovations in the power sector.
Velasco last summer spearheaded the passage Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act designed to help the country address energy woes and make the country an appealing destination for investments in the power sector.
The Marinduque solon, who is expected to take over the House leadership from Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano after 15 months, earlier admitted that he was given an offer to become a senior Deputy Speaker while waiting for his turn in the rostrum.
But Velasco said prefers to return to his previous task since a lot of pending things are needed to be settled in the old congressional panel.
“They were actually offering me a deputy speaker but I said na I rather work with my former energy committee… because I have a lot to do with the energy sector,” said Velasco.
Meanwhile, elected as vice-chairperson of Velasco in the committee include Deputy Majority Leader Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo, Reps. Alfred Vargas (Quezon City), Jericho Nograles (Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta Party-list), Aleta Suarez (Quezon Province), and Bong Bravo (Masbate).