Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco appealed to his colleagues on Wednesday night to “uphold the dignity” of the House of Representatives by allowing a peaceful transition of power between him and Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano.
“I assure my peers that we will be a gracious leader who would listen and be responsive to your concerns,” he said in a Facebook post.
“But I make an earnest plea: Let us uphold the dignity of the House of Representatives by being men and women who believe in ‘Palabra de Honor’ in keeping our word and upholding the term-sharing agreement Speaker Cayetano and I swore to honor and respect,” Velasco said.
He made the appeal after Cayetano delivered a privilege speech accusing Velasco of taking the 2021 budget hostage in his desire to become Speaker.
The incumbent offered to resign but his resignation was rejected in a House vote.
Velasco said Cayetano’s “attacks and distractions serve no purpose other than to perpetuate what is a purely personal agenda threatening to delay the passage of the budget.”
“This is the truth,” he said.
“I call on my colleagues to continue our work and pass the budget on or before October 14. This is the commitment we’ve made before the President, and this is our responsibility to our constituents, to deliver to them a fair and equitable budget,” Velasco said.