Discredited and accused of orchestrating coup plots, newly-elected House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco revealed on Tuesday that he was also “ostracized” by ousted leader Alan Peter Cayetano during important functions of the House members with President Rodrigo Duterte.
Velasco shared one instance when Cayetano invited all congressmen for a meeting with the President during an official trip to Russia. He claimed to have been intentionally excluded by the then ruling party.
Cayetano and Velasco became political rivals after the Taguig City representative reneged on his term-sharing deal with the Marinduque lawmaker.
No less than President Duterte made them to agree that the first 15 months of their three-year term would be for Cayetano to lead, and the remaining 21 months for Velasco.
Velasco, in spite of this, said he is forgiving.
He added that it was Mr. Duterte who asked them to reconcile.
The House leader confirmed that he had indeed patched things up with Cayetano during their latest meeting in Malacañang on 13 October, the day majority of the House members ratified their vote of Velasco as Speaker.
While his predecessor Cayetano was accused by some lawmakers of demonstrating “authoritarian” leadership, Velasco said he won’t be a kind of leader that is “dictatorial.”
“I really work quietly. I don’t want my works to be advertised. I have a different style of leadership,” Velasco said.
“I want to share the leadership with everyone. I want to make use of the abilities of each lawmaker in the Congress,” he explained.
The House leader urged the public to judge him once his term has already ended.
Velasco earlier suspended all committee hearings to sit down with House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez to align their calendar on the legislative agenda of the President.
“We will be looking at the four aspects which the President wants — health, education, livelihood and food security — in the Congress,” he noted.
Velasco also declared that he is not entertaining thoughts of seeking a national position, saying he only wants to improve the living and economic conditions of his constituents in Marinduque.