By Hananeel Bordey
Despite the endorsement of his father of two candidates for the House Speaker post, Davao City First District Rep. Paolo Duterte warned of a coup on 22 July when the 18th Congress opens.
The President’s eldest son, in a text message, revealed that he got wind of an upheaval plan by congressmen not in favor of either Taguig Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano or Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco, whom the President both endorsed for a term-sharing tenure.
“Kasi may balita balita, may isa sa tatlo na balak mag-coup d’etat on the day. Mukhang hindi pa tapos ang laban para sa kanilang tatlo at sa mga backers,” the Davao solon added.
Duterte also refused to name the House committee he wants to take. Rather, he is more interested in the election of the Speaker.
“Wala pa naman nanalong Speaker. Bakit committees na ang tinatanong natin? May election pa sa July 22 at doon ako mas interesado, kung sino ang mananalo,” he said in a text message.
On Wednesday night in Taguig City, Cayetano met with Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez, touted to be the next Majority Leader, and other congressmen.
Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan members Surigao del Sur Rep. Johnny Pimentel, Pampanga Rep. Dong Gonzales and Oriental Mindoro Rep. Doy Leachon.
Capiz Rep. Fredenil Castro, Albay Rep. Joey Salceda, Sagip Rep. Rodante Marcoleta, Ako Bicol Rep. Alfredo Garbin, Anakalusugan Rep. Mike Defensor, among others, also came.
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