Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco on Friday, October 2 finally broke his silence as he apologized to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and the Filipino people following the continuous fiasco for the speakership at the House of Representatives.
In a video posted on his Facebook page, Velasco said the public doesn’t deserve the current issues surrounding the lower chamber especially now that the country is hounded by the coronavirus pandemic.
“Humihingi po tayo ng paumanhin kay Pangulong Duterte sa mga pangyayari sa kabila ng buong pusong pag-aayos niya sa gusot,” Velasco said.
“To the Filipino people whom we have promised to serve, I express my deep apology on behalf of my colleagues in Congress because you don’t deserve this. Bilang halal ng bayan at inyong lingkod bayan kayo ay dapat pagsilbihan. Humihingi po ako ng paumanhin at ng pang-unawa,” he added.
Velasco also slammed incumbent House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, saying that he should honor the term-sharing deal between them and resign as leader of the lower chamber on October 14.
“Speaker Cayetano, you gave your word in front of the President to honor the term-sharing agreement. Please, I appeal to you, finish the budget and resign on October 14,” Velasco said.
He added, “In the coming days and weeks and months, let us show the public that we as your representatives are still decent, honorable, and trustworthy leaders whose only agenda is to serve the people.”
In 2019, President Rodrigo Duterte brokered a term-sharing deal for the House Speaker post between Cayetano and Velasco. Under the agreement, Cayetano would serve as Speaker in the first 15 months of the 18th Congress while Velasco would assume the post for the remaining 21 months.
On Tuesday, reports broke out stating that Velasco is set to take over as the Speaker of the House of Representatives on October 14 following his meeting with Cayetano and Duterte.
However, a day after, Cayetano offered to resign as House Speaker to give way to the eagerness of Velasco to replace him. His resignation was quickly rejected by 184 lawmakers just minutes after.