By Ellson Quismorio
For what it’s worth, Marinduque lone district Rep. Lord Allan Velasco bared that he is already preparing for his assumption of the Speaker’s post next year.
“On top of my work as chairman of the Energy Committee, we’re already trying to do some little studies on what to do with the House [of Representatives],” he told reporters in a chance interview Tuesday.
Velasco said he is particularly looking forward to implement the “plans” that he failed to carry out last July, when he wasn’t elected as Speaker.
“Yung mga plans ko na gusto ko sanang i-implement if ever I was elected as Speaker nung July, if hindi pa po magawa ng ating Speaker ngayon po, pagkaupo po natin gagawin ko na po agad (Regarding the plans that I wanted to implement had I been elected as Speaker last July, if our current Speaker doesn’t get the chance to do them then I will immediately enforce them when I take over).”
Taguig-Pateros Rep. Cayetano and Velasco have a pact wherein the former would get first dibs on the Speakership in the 18th Congress. Cayetano would step down after 15 months to let Velasco take over for the final 21 months.
Velasco is supposed to take over the Speakership in November 2020 under this agreement, which was brokered by no less than President Rodrigo Duterte to keep his coalition allies from quarreling with each other.
Velasco, known for his closeness to Presidential daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, did not elaborate on what his plans for the 300-member chamber are.
Earlier this month, Cayetano said in a television interview that he would personally prefer to remain as Speaker until the end of the 18th Congress.
But he also stressed that there will be no changes to the term-sharing deal–unless President Duterte, the leader of the coalition, says so.
“We’re very civil, we don’t talk about the term-sharing agreement,” Velasco said of his current relationship with Speaker Cayetano.
“Usapang lalaki naman talaga yun (It’s a gentleman’s agreement),” he further said of the term-split, which was the first of its kind in the House.
The House Speakership is the fourth highest position in the country.