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Palace: House term-sharing won’t derail Duterte priority bills

By: - Reporter / @NCorralesINQ
/ 03:46 PM July 09, 2019
Palace: House term-sharing won't derail Duterte priority bills

The plenary hall of the House of Representatives. (Photo from the Philippine Daily Inquirer)

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang believes that the term-sharing of Speaker in the House of Representatives would not derail the passage of priority legislative agenda of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Duterte on Monday opted a term-sharing between Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano and Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco to end the squabbling among his allies over the leadership at the lower chamber.

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Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez who was also vying for the Speaker post will be the majority floor leader.

Cayetano, Velasco, and Romualdez had been locked in a rivalry for the Speaker race after the three lawmakers, known allies of the President, have expressed their desire to get the top House post.

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Presidential Spokesperson Salvdor Panelo believed the setup would not disrupt the passage of Duterte’s legislative agenda.

“No, naga-agree na nga ‘yung tatlo. Sila nga ang magkakalaban na nag-agree. They forge into unity so how can there be disruption,” Panelo said in a Palace briefing.

He expressed confidence that there would be no more budget delays, a scenario that lingered during the 17th Congress.

Despite having a supermajority in Congress, only nine out of the 17 bills certified as urgent by Duterte were passed into law during the 17th Congress. (Editor: Jonathan P. Vicente)

READ: Only 9 of 17 bills Durterte certified as urgent passed in 17th Congress

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