President Duterte announced on Monday that Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano will be the next House Speaker.
The announcement came after a long political race between allies in which the President’s own party, PDP-Laban, challenged his advice.
President Duterte, while giving a speech during the oath-taking ceremony of newly appointed officials in Malacanang, have his endorsement of Rep. Cayetano as Speaker. Cayetano was President Duterte’s vice presidential running mate in the 2016 elections.
According to President Duterte, Cayetano will share his term as Speaker with Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco. The Majority Floor Leader will be Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez.
I’m sorry, I’m quite late. I was talking to three people. I think it’s about time I talk. So your Speaker will be Alan Peter Cayetano. Ang sharing dito is he shares the term with Lord Velasco. And si Romualdez will be the Majority Floor Leader,” said the President.
“I tried to distance myself from the… But apparently I said it’s time that I talk. So ganun ho ang ano — that’s the set-up,” he added.
On June 26, President Duterte’s party, PDP-Laban, preempted his own announcement of Speaker by endorsing Rep. Velasco.
President Duterte later announced that his ideal Speakership all along has been a term sharing between Cayetano and Velasco, with Cayetano sitting first. In his proposed scheme, however, Velasco would serve the the majority of the 36 month term with Cayetano stepping down after 15 months.
PDP-Laban President Koko Pimentel and Rep. Velasco have openly disagreed with President Duterte’s proposal, saying they are amenable to a term-sharing arrangement only if Velasco gets to sit first.