Speaker focused on delivering Duterte’s legislative agenda

October 28, 2019

WITH or without the term-sharing agreement for the speakership after for find time to have twins with his wife, Taguig City Rep. Lani Cayetano.

“Hoping for twins, soon. Lahat naman siguro ng mag-asawa ‘yun ‘yung hope na magkapamilya at saka maalagaan ‘yung pamilya. That’s why kung will ni Lord ‘yung 15 months ay baka nga ‘yun ‘yung opportunity na ma-solo ko siya (Lani) at ma-solo niya ako,” Cayetano told reporters in an ambush interview when asked about his birthday wish.

Cayetano celebrated on Monday his 49th birthday by attending the flag-raising ceremony at the House of Representatives.

The Speaker said he is also focused to deliver President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte’s legislative agenda in the remaining 12 months of his 15-month speakership term.

“I am planning for 12 more months, tama ba? Naka three months na! So hopefully, matodo natin during that time and until that time. Mas magandang tutukan ‘yung mga kailangan nating gawin kasi kung hindi, magkakaroon pa ng disunity,” Cayetano stressed. “Basta right now, ayoko nang isipin na may pagbabago sa usapan. For me, mas productive rin akong isipin that on the 15th month, after the 15th month, I have to say I’ve done my job. Now, the question is did I do it well or not? So doon muna ako magfo-focus.”

He reiterated that he would let President Duterte to decide on the continuity of his leadership after 15 months as Speaker.

“Well, hindi ko mapipigilan ang ibang kongresistang mag-express ng kanilang suporta at kanilang kagustuhan kung paano pinapatakbo ang Kongreso ngayon. Ako man, I’m very proud of the 18th Congress, having said that, mayroon kaming usapan at hindi naman binabago ng Pangulo ‘yan. It’s my personal choice to follow the President dahil part ako ng coalition at siya ang head ng coalition. So I do believe na hindi makikialam ang President as President, but as head of the coalition, susundin ko ang kanyang directive,” he said.

“Just because you’re happy today that doesn’t mean you’ll (be) happy next week, or next month. So trabaho muna tayo then let’s see kung ano ang will ng Panginoon at kung ano ang gusto ng mga kongresista at that time,” Cayetano added.

President Duterte brokered the term-sharing agreement before the House elected Cayetano last July 22, with the Taguig-Pateros congressman holding the post for 15 months, or up to October next year, after which Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco, who chairs the House committee on energy, takes over.

Under the agreement, Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez will be the House Majority Leader of the 18th Congress for three years.

But Cayetano said he would not reject the possibility of serving a three-year term as Speaker.

“Well, you know (I am) open to the possibility eh kung si Congressman Velasco mismo ang magsabi sa akin, ikaw na lang, alangan namang pilitin ko pa siya ‘di ba? I mean, tao rin tayo, we’re also public servants and we also believe in our own leadership. How can other people believe in my leadership if I don’t believe in my own leadership? Having said that, may leadership din ‘yung tao, may following din ‘yung tao, head din siya ng partido ng ating Pangulo so I have to also respect that,” said Cayetano.

Cayetano received another “good” +49 net satisfaction rating based on the third quarter 2019 Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.

According to SWS survey, some 64 percent of Filipinos said they are satisfied with Cayetano’s performance, while 14 percent said they are dissatisfied.

Cayetano also got 64% approval and 62% trust ratings based on the September 2019 Ulat ng Bayan Survey of Pulse Asia.