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Senate can work with any Speaker

No matter who leads the House, the Senate, or at least like-minded senators who choose to be the vanguards against the legislative abuse of the power of the purse will not be affected.

Hananeel Bordey

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Senators on Wednesday said they can work with any speaker of the House of Representatives as long as they share the same perspectives in legislation.

This was stated by Senate President Vicente Sotto III, Senators Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go and Panfilo Lacson after it was reported that the 15-21 term-sharing agreement among President Rodrigo Duterte, Taguig Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano and Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco will push through.

This was after President Rodrigo Duterte once again mediated between Cayetano and Velasco Tuesday night in Malacañang.

The issue, however, looked far from settled on Wednesday when Cayetano once again turned his back on the decision arrived at the Palace and offered his resignation which was rejected by his supporters.

“We can work with any Speaker as long as we have the same perspective,” Sotto said in a text message.

To discuss the administration’s legislative agenda, Sotto said they should continue conducting mini Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council meetings as the COVID-19 pandemic has prevented them from meeting to discuss the priority measures.

Go, who was present in Duterte’s meeting with Velasco and Cayetano, said he respects the “internal process” of the House of Representatives.

“What is far more important is for the entire Congress to continue deliberating on the legislative agenda and priorities of the Duterte administration, including the 2021 national budget and other priority measures,” he said.

Lacson, on the other hand, said that senators will continue to do their duties and obligations regardless of who leads the Chamber.

The issue, however, looked far from settled on Wednesday when Cayetano once again turned his back on the decision arrived at in Malacañang and offered his resignation which was rejected by his supporters.

“No matter who leads the House, the Senate, or at least like-minded senators who choose to be the vanguards against the legislative abuse of the power of the purse will not be affected,” he said.

“We will continue to exercise what is expected of us in exercising our mandate and our obligation to the Filipino people in this regard,” he added.

On Tuesday night, it was reported that the “gentlemen’s agreement” among Duterte, Velasco and Cayetano will be honored.

In the said agreement, Cayetano will sit for the first 15 months of the 18th Congress while Velasco will lead the House in the remaining 21 months.

Sources said Velasco is scheduled to take the helm of the Chamber starting 14 October.

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