Speakership in limbo | Daily Tribune – Without Fear or Favor

Bordey, H. (2019, July 18). Speakership in limbo. Daily Tribune – Without Fear or Favor. Retrieved July 18, 2019 from https://tribune.net.ph/index.php/2019/07/18/speakership-in-limbo/

Speakership in limbo
By Hananeel Bordey – July 18, 2019 12:05 AM

Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano.

As the endorsement of President Rodrigo Duterte has not proven to be a done deal, Taguig Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano has resorted to counting the heads of congressmen who might stage a coup against him on Monday.

According to a source, the camp of Cayetano allegedly resorted to “data mining” and the spreading of a fake manifesto of support to Duterte’s coalition to keep track of the numbers of those who will stick with the Duterte Coalition on election day of the next House Speaker.

The said manifesto of support was allegedly spread by a blogger who is alleged to be close to Cayetano, but who has disowned the document.

In an online post, the blogger explained that he is open about his advocacies, but he does not “resort to clandestine channels to further his aims.”

The fake manifesto of support stated that the undersigned members of the Congress declare their “unequivocal support” for the objectives and vision of the Duterte Coalition.

The camp of the Duterte Coalition denied any involvement on the said manifesto of support that was being spread.

Power merger

Recently, Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HnP) chairman and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte merged powers with the Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod, which is led by his brother Davao City 1st District Rep. Paolo Duterte.

The Duterte siblings said they wish to unite the members of the House of Representatives as the battle for speakership became tougher.

“As members of the House of Representatives, Hugpong ng Pagbabago and Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod hope to unite the House. We have created the Duterte Coalition and we wish to invite everyone to join this group of lawmakers who believe in positive change,” they said in a statement.

They fielded Davao City 3rd District Rep. Isidro Ungab as their candidate for speakership.

Joining the coalition are Rep. Duterte, HnP’s speakership bet, Ungab, Davao City 2nd District Rep. Vincent Garcia, Davao Oriental 1st District Rep. Corazon Malanyaon, Compostela Valley 1st District Rep. Manuel Zamora, Davao Occidental Rep. Lorna Bautista-Bandigan, Dumper partylist Rep. Claudine Bautista, and Marino Reps. Sandro Gonzales and Anton Lopez.
The Duterte Coalition has not given any manifest of support to Cayetano despite the endorsement of the President.

Coup fears

A few days after, Rep. Duterte warned a coup that will be initiated by one of the two speakership candidates, Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez.

The President himself said that he will not be offended if congressmen will not follow his choice of Speaker.

“It’s okay with me, that is just my formula. I said, it’s time for me to talk… since conflict had started. All of them were asking, what did Duterte say? Actually, before the elections, we were together (referring to Cayetano)… so he told me someday he will run for congressman and Speaker… then Lord (Allan Velasco)… came in and he is also interested, so let us see,” Mr. Duterte said in an exclusive interview with the Daily Tribune.

The Palace also shares the same view on the President’s announcement.

“In the ultimate analysis, the vote on the Speaker would lie on the members of Congress.
The only reason why the President gave that suggestion was because those who were vying for it went to him,” presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said last 11 July.

The House members will vote their House chief hours before the President deliver his SoNA on Monday.

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