Ousted House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano has finally revealed why he named the group he formed with his allies BTS, synonymous to the popular K-pop boy band.
In an interview in Albay Wednesday (January 13), Cayetano said the “BTS” in his group, “BTS Sa Kongreso,” stands for “Back To Service.”
“Ang ibig lang naman naming sabihin doon, Back To Service Congress kaya BTS sa Congress. Kasi medyo napunta sa politika, napunta sa konting katamaran, napunta sa panay political issues, naging trapo na ulit rather than House of the people, naging House of the politics,” he said, taking a swipe at Speaker Lord Allan Jay Velasco.
The hashtag, #CayetanoStopUsingBTS, trended on Twitter earlier in the day as BTS’ loyal fans, called the ARMY, expressed outrage about the ousted Speaker’s seeming ploy to ride on the K-pop group’s popularity.
Referring to the online backlash, Cayetano said: “Kung nagkaroon ng konting publicity noon, negative o hindi, it’s not meant to offend the fans. Pero huwag niyo rin haluan ng politika kasi kami, hindi namin hahaluan ng politika ‘yon.”
The former Speaker said the choice of BTS for his group’s name isn’t any different from the “Spice Boys” moniker used by six young lawmakers supportive of then-President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
Cayetano claimed the reactions to his group’s name have been mixed, with some members of the ARMY supposedly expressing support for it.
“Kasi ‘yong iba nagtetext, naman sa amin, ‘Welcome to the BTS Army, Ipaglaban mo kami Kuya Alan,’ etcetera,” he said.
Joining Cayetano in BTS Sa Kongreso are lawmakers who lost their plum posts in the House following his ouster as Speaker. They are: Camarines Sur Rep. Luis Raymund “LRay” Villafuerte Jr, Capiz Rep. Fredenil Castro, Laguna Rep. Dan Fernandez, Batangas Rep. Raneo Abu, Anakalusugan party-list Rep. Mike Defensor and Bulacan Rep. Jose Antonio Sy-Alvarado.