MARINDUQUE Rep. Lord Allan Velasco vowed to honor a gentleman’s agreement on term-sharing with Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano.
In a statement, Velasco denied he is part of a coup plot against Cayetano.
Prior to Velasco’s statement, there was a rumor circulating in the House of Representatives about ouster move against Cayetano in connection with the slow action on the ABS-CBN franchise renewal on his watch.
Velasco said he wanted to clear his name on the issue.
“I am issuing this statement to once and for all end baseless reports attributed to unnamed sources and sly innuendos being peddled by certain camps with vested interests within and outside the halls of Congress on the supposed ‘coup plan’ to change the leadership of the House of Representatives,” Velasco said.
“To my kababayans, these reports are far from the truth,” he said.
According to Velasco, the reports were meant to create deep division within the House of Representatives and its members, destroy camaraderie, distract lawmakers from fulfilling their mandate, and more importantly, derail the key legislative agenda of the Duterte administration.
“Up to this day, I continue to honor the term-sharing agreement brokered by no less than President Rodrigo Duterte when the 18th Congress convened in July 2019. From the beginning, I never had any intention of reneging on this agreement. Tayo po ay lalaking may isang salita,” he said.
The solon then appealed to his colleagues in Congress to continue to fulfill their mandate to serve the constituency and provide services to people.