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Laban ng mga Al(l)an! Duterte hands off on speakership tug of war- Palace

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President Rodrigo Duterte will not step into the speakership row in the House of Representatives between Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Jay Velasco, Malacanang said Wednesday (September 30).

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque told state-run PTV4 that Duterte called him as the House was voting on the motion to reject Cayetano’s offer to resign as Speaker.

“Katatawag lang po sa aking ng president at ang sabi niya, ‘stay out tayo diyan, no comment tayo diyan. That’s a purely internal affair of the House of Representatives,’” he said.

Cayetano offered to resign as Speaker a day after Duterte told him and Velasco to honor the term sharing agreement.

Velasco had insisted that Cayetano’s last day as Speaker should be on September 30, with the former assuming the speakership immediately afterwards.

Cayetano’s offer to resign was rejected by 184 lawmakers.

Roque said the Palace respects the lawmakers’ decicsion.

“Nirerespeto po ng pangulo ang naging boto ng ating mga kongresista doon sa issue kung sino ang karapat dapat na mamuno sa kanila,” he said.