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Cayetano bats for ‘practical’ term extension for elected officials

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Thursday, July 11th, 2019

FILE PHOTO: Taguig-Pateros Representative Alan Peter Cayetano

MANILA, Philippines – House Speakership aspirant, Taguig-Pateros Representative Alan Peter Cayetano is looking to extend the term limits of elected officials.

Cayetano, whose speakership bid in the 18th Congress was endorsed by President Rodrigo Duterte, said that longer term of office is more “practical” and “productive” for lawmakers.

“While we will push for federalism, I think there is a way that the Senate will agree that we push either for four years, no term limit; or five years, three-term limit,” Cayetano said during a gathering of House lawmakers on Wednesday night.

The 1987 Philippine Constitution allows members of the House of Representatives to serve a three-year term and no more than three consecutive terms while a senator has a six-year team with one re-election.

Cayetano said the current term limit is hindering the country’s development.

“Bakit? You are elected in May. You take office in June. ‘Yung 6 months you’re still getting organized. Kung kalaban mo nakaupo, ubos na ‘yung pondo, di ba? Nag-explain ka pa sa tao bakit hindi mo nade-deliver lahat?” he said.

“Your budget starts in January. That’s only one year, 2020. Because at 2021, everyone’s thinking of 2022. Then the cycle starts again,” he added.

The speaker aspirant, however, clarified he wants the measure implemented to give lawmakers more time to approve bills.

“Kanina, may nagsabi na sa media, ‘Si Alan is pushing for term extension,’ which is not true; 15-21 na nga e. Baka iniisip ng iba, gusto kong gawing 4 o 5 years para ma-extend din kami. Hindi po ‘yun ang sinabi ko,” he said.

“Ang sabi ko, while there are substantive bills that we have to file, the reality is there is also administrative restrictions and limitations that’s why hindi magdevelop ang ating bansa. And one of them is the three-year term na may term-limit pa,” he said.

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If he gets the House top seat during the election on July 22, in which he will serve for only 15 months, Cayetano said he wants to lead the most “disruptive” Congress.

“Kung pagbibigyan niyo ako, total 15 months lang ako. Ayoko umalis na failure. Gusto ko umalis na napaka-productive,” he said.

“I’m asking all of you, let us all be the most disruptive Congress, in the sense that we disrupted the status quo and we can deliver more,” he added.

Senator Panfilo Lacson, meanwhile, views Cayetano’s suggestion to extend term limit as “delivering the wrong message.”

“Incoming House Speaker Cayetano’s longer term limit suggestion: Starting on the wrong foot, or delivering the wrong message,” Lacson wrote on his Twitter account on Thursday.

Lacson added that the proposal is just another way of saying goodbye to the proposed charter change in the 18th Congress.

“I would say, country first before self-interest,” he said.

READ: Palace: Term extension bid for elected officials up to Congress

Malacañang earlier said it is up to the lawmakers on whether to approve Cayetano’s proposal, and suggested that they ask the public about the matter. (with details from Grace Casin)

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Speakership bets Cayetano, Romualdez, Velasco meet with PDP-Laban

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Friday, July 12th, 2019

(L-R) Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco , Taguig-Pateros Representative Alan Peter Cayetano, and Leyte Representative Martin Romualdez | Courtesy: Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano

MANILA, Philippines – Three lawmakers gunning for the speakership of the House of Representatives of the 18th Congress met on Thursday night with some members of the ruling party, PDP-Laban.

Taguig-Pateros Representative Alan Peter Cayetano, Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco and Leyte Representative Martin Romualdez met with PDP-Laban in Taguig to discuss the forthcoming opening of the 18th Congress and the measures that need to be prioritized.

Cayetano also talked about his programs that will help the Duterte administration’s legislative agenda, as well as his plan to push for full debates on significant issues that will affect the welfare of the Filipino people.

They also discussed the term-sharing set-up between Cayetano and Velasco as House speakers endorsed by the party’s chairman, President Rodrigo Duterte.

READ: Duterte: Cayetano, Velasco to share term as House Speaker

PDP-Laban president, Senator Aquilino ‘Koko’ Pimentel earlier said Cayetano still needs to work on getting the speakership post despite Duterte’s endorsement.

READ: Cayetano has to work for House speakership – Koko Pimentel

He added that Cayetano still has to convince House members to vote for him, including the 85 solons belonging to the ruling party.

Prior to the president’s endorsement of the speakership term-sharing scheme, the PDP-Laban fielded Velasco as its bet for the post.  

Cayetano is a member of the Nacionalista party while Velasco is a PDP-Laban member while Romualdez is with Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats.

Romualdez earlier said he dropped from the speakership race and accepted the House Majority Leader job as suggested by the president. (with details from Grace Casin)

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Cayetano has to work for House speakership – Koko Pimentel

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Thursday, July 11th, 2019

(L-R) Taguig-Pateros Representative Alan Peter Cayetano and Senator Aquilino ‘Koko’ Pimentel

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Aquilino ‘Koko’ Pimentel on Thursday said Taguig-Pateros Representative Alan Peter Cayetano still needs to work on getting the House speakership post despite President Rodrigo Duterte’s endorsement of a term-sharing deal between Congressmen Cayetano and Lord Allan Velasco.

“Advantage siya ngayon with the statement of the President. Swerte nga niya eh. He has the advantage but not an assurance — he still has to work for it,” Pimentel told reporters in a Senate press briefing.

He said Cayetano still needs to convince House members to vote for him on July 22 when the regular session of the 18th Congress opens.

“Sa July 22, para hindi siya magulat, he has to make sure kumbinsido na ang lahat. Majority or plurality to vote for him as House speaker,” he said.

Pimentel added that among the lawmakers that Cayetano needs to convince are the 85 members of the ruling party, Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).

Pimentel is the current president of the ruling party while President Duterte serves as its chairman.

The PDP-Laban earlier fielded Velasco as its bet for speakership.

According to Pimentel, PDP-Laban representatives are set to meet with Cayetano on Thursday night to discuss matters, including committee chairmanships.

Pimentel said the meeting is important for Cayetano to get the party’s support.

Cayetano is a member of the Nacionalista party.

“He cannot sit as House Speaker without the support of the PDP-Laban,” Pimentel said.

The lawmaker also reiterated they are abiding with the president’s decision to endorse a term-sharing set-up between Cayetano and Velasco, with the former serving first in 15 months to be succeeded by the latter in the remaining 21 months of the term.

They initially wanted Velasco to serve first before Cayetano.

Meanwhile, Pimentel said it was theoretically possible for members of the House of Representatives not to heed the president’s endorsement of Cayetano as speaker when they vote for their leader on July 22.

This was his comment on Davao City Representative Paolo Duterte’s hint that solons might launch a coup and vote for their personal choice.

“Basta theoretically, everything is possible kasi basta’t collegial body ganun naman talaga eh,” he said. (with details from Nel Maribojoc)

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Palace: Term extension bid for elected officials up to Congress

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Thursday, July 11th, 2019

Courtesy : HOR Facebook page

MANILA, Philippines – The decision on whether to amend the Constitution to provide for longer terms of elected officials, as proposed by House speaker bet Taguig-Pateros Representative Alan Peter Cayetano, is up to lawmakers, Malacañang said on Thursday.

“The decision would always lie on the members of Congress because they are the ones passing the bill. I will not preempt the wisdom of the members of Congress on this matter,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo told reporters at a Palace press briefing.

Cayetano, during a gathering of lawmakers on Wednesday, proposed to extend the term limits for elected officials, insisting it would be more “practical” and “productive” for the Lower House.  

Panelo also suggested to congressmen to consult the public about the proposal.

“I think they should conduct a survey on the sentiments of the people, whether or not they agree on that proposal. And I’m sure since that has been floated, there will be opinions being expressed by many sectors,” he said.

At present, a congressman has a three-year term and may serve for no more than three consecutive terms.

A senator has a six-year team with one re-election. (with details from Grace Casin)

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