PULONG DUTERTE on Cayetano vs. Velasco fight for House Speaker

I am saddened that it has come to this —a House divided

For a year and a half, I have formed many friendships in the 18th Congress. Of these, two of those that I treasure most are those with Speaker Alan Cayetano and Congressman Lord Velasco. Due to this issue on the term-sharing agreement, Congress is currently mired in what seems to be a battle between two people I’m close with.

I am saddened that it has come to this —a House divided. And if we remain a House divided, we will fail in our mandate to serve the people as their representatives.

It can’t be denied that such a term-sharing agreement was made before. Because of this, Congressman Velasco has the right to assert his claim to the Speakership. However, we have also seen that a considerable number of our colleagues still support Speaker Cayetano.

Paolo Duterte refuses to take sides in House speakership row

Deputy Speaker Paolo Duterte on Thursday refused to take sides in the ongoing speakership tussle at the House of Representatives.In a statement, Duterte said while Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco has the right to assert his claim to the speakership in line with the 15-21… Read More

As I am all for a unified House, and given the value I place in every member of Congress, I refuse to make any statement that will favor or damage either of my two good friends who are both asserting their right to be our Speaker.

If and when the day comes that we are called to select the leader of this House, I hope we vote for someone who is committed, who understands what we want to achieve for our constituents, and who can fight for and with us, and unify the 300 members of this House of Representatives despite our many differences.

And when we do make that decision, I hope we can find it in our hearts to vote for someone, not just for convenience or affiliation, but whom we feel strongly can represent the House with the dignity that it deserves. And whatever may be the result of this, I humbly ask my colleagues to remain respectful to one another, and support whoever is the Speaker.

At the end of this episode, I hope we can go beyond politics and remember that more than power, it is the relationships we’ve formed in these halls of Congress and our duties to the people, that matter most.

Davao City 1st District Representative Pulong Duterte

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