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DAVAO CITY: Regional bloc, Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP), has expressed support for the term-sharing agreement between Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco and Taguig-Pateros 1st District Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano.

“HNP will respect the term-sharing agreement as ordered by the President last year and reiterated that the party fully supports Presidential Proclamation 1027,” Davao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte, HNP founder and chairperson, said in a statement on Monday.

Under the term-sharing agreement, Cayetano was supposed to lead the House for the first 15 months upon his election on July 22 last year and Velasco would take over the remaining 21 months of the 18th Congress.

Last Friday, President Rodrigo Duterte issued Proclamation 1027 calling for Congress to hold a special session from October 13 to 16 to “resume the congressional deliberations on the proposed 2021 national budget and to avoid any further delays on the prompt passage thereof in accordance with the Constitution and applicable laws, rules, and regulations.”

According to Mayor Sara, Velasco came to the city to seek the support of the three Davao lawmakers who are affiliated with HNP.

A photo circulating on social media showed Velasco and the presidential daughter sharing a meal in a meeting that reportedly took place Friday evening last week.

“He intimated that there will be a Speakership vote and he sought for my help, as the chairperson of HNP, with regard to the votes of the three HNP Congressmen from Davao Region,” Mayor Sara said.

“I told him that HNP was created to propel unity and development in Davao Region and assist the administration of President Duterte,” she added.

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