No speakership coup

AN administration ally dismissed the possibility of a coup d’etat in the House of Represenatatives on  Monday when the 18th Congress opens.

In a television interview, Anakalusugan party-list Rep. Mike Defensor said that the majority solons are expected to respect President Rodrigo Duterte’s endorsement of Taguig City Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano for House Speaker.

Earlier, President Duterte said he is endorsing term-sharing between Cayetano and Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco under a 15-21 scheme.

President Duterte likewise named another speakership candidate, Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez, as his choice for Majority Leader.

“I don’t think there will be a coup. I think everyone respected the pronouncement of the President and since last week, they have been fixing the organization of the House,” Defensor said.

A few days after President Duterte announced his preferences, his son Davao City Rep. Paolo Duterte said the Speakership issue is not yet over since one of the candidates may stage a coup.

On Monday, July 22, the 18th Congress will open its First Regular Session.

In another forum, Albay Rep. Joey Salceda said that the line-up, as proposed by President Duterte, will materialize.

While Salceda is a known supporter of Romualdez, he said their camp respected the choice of the President and that they will abide by it and cooperate.

“We will have a Speaker, he’s called Alan Peter Cayetano, we will have Majority Leader and his name is Martin Romualdez and we will have Lord Allan as a support,” Salceda said.

Salceda said the majority will make this term sharing work for a better and united House of Representatives.