UPDATED — President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Monday endorsed Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano as his bet in the House Speakership on Monday.
In a statement, Duterte said that the endorsement of Cayetano was agreed upon in order to “get away with the conflict.”
However, Cayetano will be sharing his term with Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco, while Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez will be the Majority leader as per the chief executive.
“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,” he said in a speech at the Malacañang Palace.
According to Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo, Cayetano agreed to have the first 15 months as House Speaker followed by Velasco who would sit for 21 months. The agreement is set to end a long-standing impasse between who will lead the chamber.
“The President, to save the unity of the alliance and avert its fragmentation, obliged to the request of the three candidates, who to their credit agree to respect the choice of PRRD,” he said.
In a Facebook post, Cayetano extended his gratitude to Duterte over the announcement.
“We prayed to the Lord to give the president good health and wisdom…we thank him for the announcement that he has made. Para sa ating Panginoon, para sa ating bayan, let’s all work together and let’s not make it about politicians, about ourselves, about the Duterte administration, something that will uplift ang kabuhayan ng bawat Pilipino,” Cayetano said.
Cayetano also urged his fellow lawmakers to unite.
“Sa lahat ng congressman, please join the the Die-hard Duterte Super Majority– the DDSM– has come to town. We’re going to show that it’s not only the president ang pwedeng magkaroon ng political will kundi po pati ang ating House of Representatives,” he added.
The representatives will still have to elect their new Speaker once the 18th Congress opens on July 22.