Sara: Term-sharing to foster deceit, dissent, distrust

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Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) chairman and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte strongly opposed term-sharing and emphasized that the House of Representatives will be only afflicted with leadership instability, deceit, dissent and distrust.

In a text message, the presidential daughter said that the regional political party she leads will not support term-sharing for Speaker as this will hinder the House from being productive.

“HNP will not gun for term-sharing for the Speaker of the House. It is counterproductive. It will slow down the last three years of the administration of President [Rodrigo] Duterte,” Sara said.

“In a term-sharing situation, the House of Representatives will be racked with unseating the incumbent Speaker, deceit, dissent and distrust,” the presidential daughter explained.

She said that “term-sharing influencers” are not looking into the results of the system when it comes to the legislative process of the House.

“We do not know why the term-sharing influencers do not seem to care what will happen to the House. They just want to install a speaker and do not think about what comes after,” she said.

Sara reiterated that the election of the next House chief must be resolved by the members of the House and the political parties.

“Let us leave the speaker issue to the members of the House of Representatives and the political parties and that includes HNP and HTL (Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod),” she ended.

On Friday morning, HNP-regional political party led by Mayor Duterte-and HTL-Davao City local party led by Rep. Paolo Duterte- formed Duterte Coalition along with eight House to try to resolve the speakership row.

They said that they were informed that certain Cabinet members have their bet for speaker and reports claimed that these members of the Executive are “pressuring” the president to insist a term-sharing system in the House.

HNP and HTL said anew that Cabinet members serve only on the basis of the trust and confidence of the President and should not participate in the selection of the speaker

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