Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano fired back at Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco for taking over the House leadership on Monday, calling the move “unprecedented” and “violates” the institution of Congress.
“This is unprecedented. Never in the history of the Philippines na ganito kababoy ang ginawa sa Kongreso (that Congress was badly chastised this way),” he said in a press conference.
“For them to say that’s an official session, I don’t think it ever happened in the world. It will be part of the Guinness Book of World Records na pinakapambababoy sa isang (as the most brazen act on) legislature.”
Nakakahiya (Shameful),” he added.
Members of the House of Representatives on Monday formally installed Velasco as the new Speaker, replacing Cayetano, during a remote plenary session at the Celebrity Sports Plaza in Quezon City, Velasco was elected House’s top leader by 186 House members.
Buhay Party-list Rep. Lito Atienza raised the motion to declare the speakership post vacant.
A total of 186 lawmakers voted to accept Atienza’s motion.
The lawmakers then swiftly proceeded to elect a new leader with 1-PACMAN party-list Rep. Mikee Romero nominating Velasco to become the next Speaker.
Other representatives also nominated Velasco for the speakership post, including Albay Rep. Joey Salceda, Oriental Mindoro Rep. Doy Leachon, Rizal Rep. Jack Duavit, Ilocos Sur Rep. Kristine Singson-Meehan, and Negros Occidental Rep. Francisco Benitez, among others.
During the same gathering, lawyer Jocelia Bighani-Sipin was elected as Secretary General and retired police Maj. Gen. Mao Aplasca was installed sergeant of arms of the House of Representatives.
Prior to this, a manifesto circulated to the media, wherein 187 lawmakers have called to assemble, declare the speakership post vacant, and elect Velasco as the House’s next top leader.
President Rodrigo Duterte earlier called for the House to prioritise the passage of the proposed 2021 P4.56-trillion budget for 2021. Some lawmakers even said the Duterte administration operating with an re-enacted budget for 2021 will hamper the government’s efforts to revive the economy that has been battered by the coronavirus pandemic.