Face saving move: Alan Cayetano ‘resigns’ as Speaker after ouster

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Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano on Tuesday, October 13, tendered his irrevocable resignation as House Speaker after a majority of lawmakers ratified the election of Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Jay Velasco as the top leader of the House of Representatives.

In a Facebook live video, Cayetano said the political situation in Congress has become “untenable.”

“I have done my best, I have given my all, I leave with no regrets, and I hold no rancor in my heart towards anyone,” he said.

Cayetano said he is hopeful that resigning as Speaker “will pave the way for the constitutional transition for the new leadership.”

“I call on my colleagues — let us restore the dignity of Congress as an institution and as a symbol of democracy, and right the wrongs that have been made in the name of partisan politics,” he said.