Velasco opposes term-sharing for next House Speaker
By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN
MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte – Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Jay Velasco is not amenable to the potential term-sharing’ with other potential contenders to become the next House Speaker.
Velasco’s statement came after Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio introduced former Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin as “the next Speaker of the House of Representative” this coming July.
According to Velasco, term sharing will only create instability among legislators and may just weaken the Lower House as an institution.
“I don’t think power/term sharing (in the House of Representatives) is good for the country,” said Velasco.
Just like Romualdez, Velasco got a similar endorsement as House Speaker from President Duterte and Mayor Sara in Marinduque last November.
Velasco said term sharing maybe applicable for the Senate since its members have fixed six-year term but not for the House of Representatives.
“(Sa) Senate, it’s okay because it’s six years, but for House? Three years? My God, that’s so short di ba? For Senate that’s okay, but for the House? Kailangan dun ng konting stability,” said Velasco.
Velasco, Romualdez, and former Foreign Affairs Sec. Alan Peter Cayetano are the supposed frontrunners that may replace House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo when she retires by the end of June.
“Basta sa akin, all I know is Mayor Inday (Sara) will support anyone who support the administration,” said the Marinduque solon.