ANY position — including deputy speaker — is open for former Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano.
This was assured by Speaker Lord Allan Velasco who said Cayetano is deserving to hold a House position like deputy speaker or chairman of a committee.
“Yes, of course. He’s (Cayetano) the former speaker and I truly believe that he deserves the position,” Velasco said when asked in an ambush interview if the deputy speaker post remains open to Cayetano.
According to Velasco, the Taguig City c ongressman could also choose to be chairman of a congressional committee.
“He (Cayetano) can choose either a committee chairmanship or a deputy speaker position,” he said.
Velasco said all is well now between him and Cayetano since their last meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte in Malacañang.
“Like what I said last time during one of my speeches, I said I’m extending my healing hand to former Speaker Cayetano and I did,” Velasco said.
Last week, about 186 House members ratified Velasco’s election as Speaker.
Velasco thanked Duterte for all his help in making sure the term-sharing agreement he brokered will be followed.
“I’m thankful to the President because he was there again to mediate between the two of us and he patched things up that’s why I’m glad and thankful to the President and former Speaker Cayetano,” Velasco said.
Meanwhile, Velasco said there will be no reorganization of deputy speakers and committee chairmen until the session resumes next month.
“As of now, wala muna tayong gagalawin because we want to have unity and harmony within the members,” Velasco said.
“During the recess, we will still check the committee memberships because sometimes we see na mayroong parang mas maraming nakukuhang positions na medyo hindi naman fair sa iba,” he added.
However, Velasco said that should he find nothing irregular in the composition of committee chairmanships, “then they will just remain the same.”