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Bakit Senado mabango, Kongreso mabaho? Abu teary eyed as he finally gets respect as cong under Cayetano, after serving under Belmonte, Alvarez

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Speaker Alan Cayetano is claiming that Congress has never enjoyed such lofty respect from the public until his term.

Cayetano cited the testimony of his Deputy, Batangas Rep. Raneo Abu, to President Rodrigo Duterte in a meeting in Malacanang Tuesday night as proof that the House of Representatives’ image has finally turned the corner during his 15 months as Speaker.

“Si Congressman Abu, mangiyak-ngiyak, sinabi, ‘Mr. President, if you want a legacy, third term na ako, ngayon ko lang naranasan na mataas ang tingin hindi lang sa Kongresista kundi sa Kongreso’,” said Cayetano. Abu served under the Speakership of Sonny Belmonte from 2013 to 2016 and Bebot Alvarez from 2016 to 2019.

Cayetano brought Abu and other congressmen to the meeting with Duterte to bolster his plea to stay longer in his post and defer his agreement to hand over the post to Marinduque Rep. Lord Velasco until December 2020.

“Maraming kaibigan si Congressman Velasco dito. In fact, dalawa sa nagsalita sa kanila sa harap ni Presidente, sabi nila kung tutuusin mas close sila kay Velasco, but they testified about our good ratings, about kung paano ang pagpapatakbo ng Kongreso, and how they want their own legacy,” said Cayetano.

“Some of the people here testified that before, their children said, ‘Tay, ano ang Congressman? ‘Tay bakit ‘House of Representa-thieves? ‘Tay bakit ang Senado mabango, kayo hindi?’ Mataas ang tingin sa inyo sa inyong lugar, but they look down on Congress,” he added.