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CamSur Rep. LRay Villafuerte tells Velasco to ‘move on’

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Camarines Sur Rep. LRay Villafuerte told Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco to just “move on” after last week’s fresh majority vote to keep Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano as Speaker.

Villafuerte said the vote “already sent a loud and clear message that this issue is already over as most of our peers want a status quo on the activist House leadership that has nurtured a principled partnership with the Duterte administration.”

“He should shut his trap and return to his peculiarly silent and inconspicuous ways because Wednesday night’s 184-1 vote with 9 abstentions rejecting Cayetano’s surprise resignation was the chamber’s full and unequivocal support for the incumbent Speaker and a repudiation of any Velasco-led makeover that would only usher in a House leadership of default and absenteeism,” Villafuerte said.

“It’s time for Velasco and his misguided bunch to face reality, move on and work with the House leadership under Speaker Alan (Cayetano) as this issue has already been resolved, more so after President Duterte himself has chosen to respect the House’s Sept. 29 vote for Cayetano and told Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque he was adopting a hand-offs policy on what he termed as the chamber’s internal matter,” Villafuerte said.

Villafuerte also shot down Velasco’s “delusory claim” nthat the leadership issue has put the proposed 2021 General Appropriations Act (GAA) at risk.

“The House leadership under the reinvigorated Speaker Alan (Cayetano) knows fully well that the timely approval of the 2021 GAA is crucial to the Duterte administration’s holistic efforts to defeat the coronavirus pandemic and steer the battered economy to a quick and strong recovery, and thus remains fully committed to wrapping up plenary deliberations on next year’s budget plan this month,” he said.

“The only thing that could derail the chamber’s speedy approval of the 2021 GAA are the incessant, if futile, antics by Velasco and his bantam band of allies to go ahead with their seemingly childish type of political mischief, driven by the illusion that the Marinduque solon, after burying his sand like an ostrich since the first regular session (of the 18th Congress), has come out to claim he has it in him to become Speaker,” he added.

“If Rep. Velasco has issues regarding the Speakership, the budget or any other matter that affects the institution, he should be the true gentleman to raise the issue on the floor where his peers can hear him and where he can be subjected to interpellation without a script for him to follow,” Villafuerte said.

Velasco and Cayetano had a term-sharing agreement brokered by President Duterte himself. Malacanang has already distanced itself from the speakership row.