By Junex Doronio
TOUTED as a strong vice presidential material for the opposition, Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson on Thursday, October 8, said President Rodrigo Roa Duterte as head of the ruling party should give a clear signal who he really wanted to be Speaker of the House of Representatives.
He noted that since the term-sharing had never been denied to have been brokered by Duterte, Malacanang or the President should really come up with a clear signal to resolve the issue that seems to divide the Lower House of Congress and threatened to delay the swift approval of the 2021 national budget.
“Kung hindi clear ang binibigay na position ng Malacanang especially the President because after all he’s the leader of the party, so kaya nagkakagulo kasi kanya-kanyang interpretation. So mas maganda once and for all siguro mas maganda i-state anong position ng party leader,” Lacson said.
He explained that the “clear signal” is not necessarily instruction because it would be misconstrued as interference with the affairs of a co-equal branch of government.
“Di lang dito nangyayari. Maski sa US di ba, ang choice ng Speaker minsan left to the ruling party. So I don’t think it’s anomalous for the President to really make his position clear kung sino ba talaga ang dapat umupong Speaker, whether it’s Speaker Cayetano or Rep Velasco. Basta klaro lang para maiwasan ang ganyang gulo. Nadadamay ang budget eh. Sayang,” Lacson quipped.
The feisty senator from Cavite also assailed the sudden suspension of session of the House of Representatives.
“I don’t think it’s a good judgment call (by the House leadership) because we cannot sacrifice the national budget. Paramount yan, na national interest. Ang kanila, whatever squabble they have dapat hindi na nadamay ang budget. No matter how we look at what happened, related sa speakership ang nangyayari sa ating budget measure. Di na natin ma-dissociate yan,” Lacson stressed.
Meanwhile, some political analysts said Lacson will be an “ideal” runningmate for the presumptive opposition standard bearer Vice President Leni Robredo.