Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco broke his silence Tuesday night amid accusations by a colleague that he is plotting the ouster of Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and
assume the post after allegedly being unproductive for the past 15 months.
“I have been silent during the duration of the Gentleman’s agreement in deference and respect to the sitting Speaker,” said Velasco in a statement following Capiz Rep. Fredenil Castro’s charges against him.
“My silence does not mean I am disinterested nor I have turned my back on the covenant. Mum on issues means I just don’t want to call attention to myself,” Velasco said.
“Being party to the term-sharing agreement, one does not and should not seek to compete with the current Speaker as a gentleman’s agreement is in force. We will have our turn at the right time,” he added.
Velasco denied Castro’s allegations that he has been sitting idly and waiting for his turn to be Speaker under a term-sharing deal with Cayetano.
“Since I became a lawmaker I have worked quietly, away from publicity, to support this Administration and help accomplish the legislative agenda of President Duterte to improve the lives of the Filipino people. When both parties finally honor the agreement, I will show my colleagues the kind of leadership I espouse. Thereafter, at the end of my term, my peers can then be the judge of my loyal service to God, to the President, and ultimately, to the Filipino people. To God be all the glory,” said Velasco.