Mockery, fake, sham: Cayetano rejected Velasco’s election as new Speaker

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Taguig Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano and his lawmaker ally refused to acknowledge the election of Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco as House Speaker, calling it “ridiculous” and “fake.”

“Katawa-tawa. Mukhang sirkus po ang ginawa. Lawmakers kami [pero] lumalabas na law breakers sila… Niloloko nila ‘yung tao,” Camarines Sur Rep. Luis Raymund Villafuerte, an ally of Cayetano aired shortly after 186 lawmakers elected Velasco as the new House Speaker vacant.

[It is ridiculous. What they did is comparable to a circus. We are lawmakers but they are being law breakers now, they are fooling the people.]

Cayetano in a press briefing simultaneous with the “session” outside Batasang Pambansa, said what the lawmakers did was a “mockery.”

“Sobang kalokohan ang ginawa nila (what they did is mockery). They can give all the legislative, legal justification for what they did. But you know in your hearts that it’s simply wrong… May COVID ganon ang gagawin mo,” said Cayetano. 

Velasco later defended their gathering and said there was precedence for House sessions being held outside of Batasan Pambansa.

“Noong nagkaroon tayo ng pagsabog ng Taal Volcano, the whole House went to… Batangas to hold a House session. [I]t’s the same. Under the rules, it is allowed. This wasn’t a sham session,” Velasco said.

House committees to hold hearings during break

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Spread the loveMANILA – The House of Representatives has authorized for its committees to conduct hearings during the five-week congressional break, extending until late April.