MANILA – Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano has announced his resignation as speaker of the House of Representatives only to stay on as his colleagues rejected his move.
His announcement came after President Rodrigo Duterte called Cayetano and supposed successor Rep. Lord Allan Velasco (Marinduque) in a meeting in Malacanang to settle the leadership row.
Anakalusugan party-list Rep. Mike Defensor, however, moved to deny Cayetano’s offer and a nominal voting ensued among legislators resulting in the refusal of the Speaker’s resignation bid.
About 184 lawmakers on Wednesday voted against Cayetanos’ resignation bid as Speaker of the House of Representatives.
It may be recalled that last year Cayetano ang Velasco entered into a term-sharing deal brokered by the President himself.
Under the term-sharing deal, Cayetano will serve as speaker for the first 15 months, which will end by October 2020, if followed. Velasco will then take over the post for 21 months or until June 2022.
“Cong. Velasco told the President that he is ready. Then I think the best time to prove it is now. Gusto mo ng September 30? Sige. If colleagues want you today, sige, ikaw na, (You want September 30? Go. If colleagues want you today, then go ahead),” Cayetano told lawmakers in a speech before the plenary.
Cayetano said it is now up to his colleagues to decide on the House leadership.
“I will not be party to let the President down, so I am offering my resignation here and now to you, my dear colleagues. My fate and the fate of the 2021 budget and the fate of the leadership of the House is in your hands,” he said.
The House plenary approved the motion to reject Cayetano’s resignation through voice voting. (ia/PNA)