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Pro-Duterte lawmakers squabble over speakership

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MANILA (The Philippine Star) — The pro-administration faction supporting Rep. Lord Allan Velasco  was pushing to unseat another pro-administration lawmaker, Alan Peter Cayetano,  as speaker of the House of Representatives by declaring the position vacant.

In a manifesto shared to media, the Velasco faction claims to have the support of 187 House members, which constitute a majority of the  House of Representatives’ 299 members.

“In accordance with Section 13, Rule 3 of the Rules of the House of Representatives, of the 18th Congress, we call to assemble, move to and cast our vote to declare the position of Speaker VACANT on Monday, October 12, 2020,” the manifesto read.

“Further, also in accordance with the same Section, we will move to and cast our vote to declare Rep. Lord Allan Velasco…as Speaker of the House of Representatives of the 18th Congress,” it added.

According to the House rules, “[t]he position of Speaker may only be declared vacant through nominal voting by a majority vote of all the Members. In cases when all offices are declared vacant, the incumbent Secretary General shall preside over the proceedings of the House only for the purpose and until the election of a new Speaker.”

The Velasco faction said the House is in need of a leader “with a heart of a public servant, and not with a heart of a tyrant; a leader who listens and empowers others, and not just to a clique who builds walls to shun others; and a leader who is committed to serving the people rather than serving his self-interest and personal ambition.”

Under the term-sharing deal brokered by President Rodrigo Duterte, Cayetano will serve as speaker for the first 15 months, which will end by October 2020, if followed. Velasco will then take over the post for 21 months or until June 2022.

The House session has been suspended until Tuesday, when it convenes for a special session that Duterte called for last week.

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