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Walang coup? Cayetano names Paolo Duterte as Deputy Speaker for Political Affairs

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

It looks like Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano can no longer worry about coup rumors floated by Davao City Rep. Paolo Duterte to prevent him from assuming the speakership next week.

Cayetano on Friday said President Rodrigo Duterte’s eldest son has agreed to become his “Deputy Speaker of Political Affairs” after the formal opening of the 18th Congress this coming Monday.

“Thank you very much Cong. Paolo “Pulong” Duterte for our talk on what the country needs and how we can put together a very responsive Congress,” said Cayetano.

“Thank you also for accepting the challenge for being the next Deputy Speaker for Political Affairs. Together we can all work towards a better Philippines and implement the Presidents agenda,” he added.

Rep. Paolo Duterte earlier hinted that a power scuffle may break out against the presumptive House Speaker Cayetano in the July 22 opening of the 18th Congress to prevent him from assuming the post. Many solons were reportedly opposed to the term-sharing agreement proposed by Duterte between Taguig-Pateros solon and Marinduque Rep. Lord Alan Velasco.

The chief executive was quick to dismiss his eldest son’s pronouncement, calling it “wishful thinking.”

But President Duterte issued another statement last week, saying that he will not be offended if ever congressmen decide not to abide with his recommendation on term-sharing and choose another formidable candidate for the House leadership.

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