Villafuerte on Cayetano-Velasco deal: No mention of Oct 14 turnover

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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.