Thu. Dec 3rd, 2020

House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco’s offering Taguig-Pateros Representative Alan Peter Cayetano a deputy speaker post in the lower chamber is out of “respect.”

“It is actually mainly because I just want to give respect because he is a former Speaker of the House,” Velasco said in an interview with ANC on Monday.

However, Velasco is still not sure Cayetano will accept the  offer.

“We will find out when I offer it to him personally,” he said. “If he would allow, I would like to talk to him again.”

However, Velasco said that he made no promises that the budget for Taguig City, which Cayetano also represents, will not be touched.

“There weren’t any promises made,” he said.

Negros Oriental Rep. Arnolfo Teves has questioned the reported inequitable distribution of infrastructure allocations among legislative districts under the proposed 2021 national budget. Taguig got P8 billion worth of infrastructure projects while the province of Camarines Sur was allocated P11 billion.

Also, out of the P11 billion for Camarines Sur, only P3.3 billion would be for the district of Rep. Luis Raymund Villafuerte, an ally of Cayetano who was stripped of his deputy speaker position right after Velasco took over the leadership of the lower chamber.

It was last Friday after the House approved the P4.56-trillion budget of the government that Velasco said he would offer Cayetano a major post in the House.

“He can choose either a committee chairmanship or a deputy speaker position,” he said on Friday.

The House currently has 22 posts for deputy speaker.

Cayetano and Velasco were locked in a battle for House speaker when the former was the incumbent.

On Tuesday last week, Velasco successfully marshaled 186 votes in a session held at the Celebrity Sports Plaza in Quezon City, a move that Cayetano called “nakakahiya” (shameful).

Under a term-sharing agreement between Velasco and Cayetano brokered by President Rodrigo Duterte, Velasco was to become House Speaker last October 14. (sovereignph.com)

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