Villafuerte on Cayetano-Velasco deal: No mention of Oct 14 turnover
Deputy Speaker Lray Villafuerte on Wednesday confirmed that President Rodrigo Duterte asked Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco to honor their term-sharing deal.
But he denied that there was an agreement from the two parties to set the turnover on October 14.
“The President expressed his desire to honor the term-sharing. We all agreed. Speaker Alan said, ‘Sir, we will follow you. If you want me to resign, I will resign any day,’” Villafuerte said in an ANC interview.
“But sabi nya, si Speaker Alan clearly said, ‘But I cannot speak for my colleagues, the majority,’” he added.
Asked about the October 14 transition, Villafuerte said: “No, that was not clear.”
“Ang nangyari, wala pang 2 minutes, may bagong Speaker na, and then nagkaroon na ng date, October 14. I was there, wala namang sinabi ang Presidente na October 14,” he said.