Cayetano assures unity, independence of 18th Congress

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 21 2019 07:49 PM | Updated as of Jul 22 2019 12:52 AM

MANILA - Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano on Sunday said the 18th Congress will remain united and independent, even as speculations continued about a "coup" against him.

In a live video on his Facebook page, Cayetano said the 18th Congress will work hand in hand with other branches of government and concerned agencies, without losing its independence.

He also dismissed allegations that intimidation and other issues marred the selection of the next House leaders.

"So doon po sa nagkakalat na may diktahan, may takutan, may mga nangyayari, siguro po, 'yan na lang po 'yung mga ilang disgruntled for tomorrow but the major political parties, blocks, advocacy groups, party-list groups are all here," Cayetano said.

(So for those who spread rumors of threats and pressure, maybe they are just some of the disgruntled parties for tomorrow, but the major political parties, blocks, advocacy groups, party-list groups are all here.)

Cayetano, likewise, maintained Davao City Rep. Paolo Duterte will be the House Deputy Speaker for political affairs.

Cong. Duterte and Cayetano will hold separate breakfast meetings on Monday, ahead of the State of the Nation Address.

In an earlier interview on Sunday on ANC, Albay Representative Joey Salceda said at least 194 congressmen were set to meet with Cong. Duterte on Monday.

When asked if there was a "coup" brewing against Cayetano, Salceda did not directly answer the question but said Paolo Duterte, being the President's son, was a "more direct line" to President Duterte.

During Sunday's meeting, Cayetano presented Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez as the next Majority Leader. He also said that after 15 months, Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco would be the next House Speaker.

The House of Representatives will vote for new leaders as the 18th Congress opens on Monday.