Sara Duterte nixes ‘counter-productive’ term sharing for House Speaker
Robie de Guzman • July 5, 2019 • 1204
MANILA, Philippines – Regional party Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) head and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on Friday rejected the proposed term-sharing set-up for the speaker of the House of Representatives of the 18th Congress.
Duterte-Carpio said term-sharing will only be “counter-productive” and may “slow down” the last three years of the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.
She also believes that this set-up would only create an environment of “deceit, dissent and distrust” in the House of Representatives, with other aspirants working to unseat the incumbent leader.
“In a term sharing situation, the House of Representatives will be racked with unseating the incumbent Speaker, deceit, dissent and distrust,” the presidential daughter said in a statement.
“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 added.
The Davao mayor emphasized that members of the House, as well as political parties, should have the final say on the speakership issue.
“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 said.
The HNP earlier nominated Davao City 3rd District Representative Isidro Ungab as its candidate for the speakership race while the president’s party, the PDP-Laban, vowed to support the bid of Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco.
Talks on term-sharing for the Speaker floated after speakership contender, Taguig-Pateros Representative Alan Peter Cayetano claimed he had agreed to serve as speaker for 15 months and be succeeded by Velasco for 21 months.
Velasco denied agreeing to such a deal with Cayetano.
The matter on speakership even got more complicated after Davao City 1st District Representative Paolo Duterte announced his possible bid for the post.
He said he decided to gun for the highest House post to unite its members being divided by the race. He also proposed that the position be shared by representatives from Mindanao, Visayas, Luzon, and the party-list groups.
In line with his bid to unify the House of Representatives, Duterte and eight other solons said they formed a coalition which will be composed of congressmen who are committed to institute governance and development reforms that are necessary for the Philippines to secure its rightful place in the world stage of nations, particularly in the Southeast Asian region.
MANILA, Philippines – House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano suggests hiring of financial forensic experts to help investigate irregularities in government transactions and to hold accountable any official involved in corruption.
“Dahil pagdating sa paper trail na at sa white collar na type of crimes, what we need is not the street type of investigators pero yun nga yung mga forensic, financial forensic,” Cayetano said.
[Because when it comes to the paper trail and white-collar type of crimes, what we need is not the street type of investigators but those who are financial forensics.]
This was his proposal in relation to the Senate and the House of Representatives’ hearing on the alleged corruption inside the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).
“I’m a little bit concerned that if it can happen to PhilHealth, what about the other government financial institutions who obviously get billions or hundreds of billions in budget. We have to have an effective watchdog,” the House Speaker noted.
Cayetano assures the support of Congress when it comes to the budget that will be needed should the Commision on Audit (COA) and the Philippine Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) decide to hire such experts.
The said financial forensic experts will not concentrate on PhilHealth alone but to other agencies and departments in the government.
Marikina Representative Stella Quimbo, meanwhile, expressed her agreement to Cayetano’s proposal saying these experts will be a big help in scrutinizing important documents that can be used as evidence to unveil widespread corruption in a specific government agency.
“Agree po fully kay Speaker. Importanteng malaman ang [I fully agree with the Speaker. It’s important that we determine the] extent and patterns of fraud through the financial records,” she explained.
“This will facilitate investigation and evidence gathering in a systemic way. Otherwise, piecemeal ang approach. The financial forensics will show kung talamak ang fraud,” she added.
MANILA, Philippines – Presidential daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, said she will not be attending the fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) of her father, President Rodrigo Duterte which is set to be held on Monday, July 27 at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City.
In an interview over Davao City Disaster Radio on Wednesday, Duterte-Carpio said she is skipping this year’s SONA because she wants to avoid the cumbersome health requirements like going through swab testing and 14-day mandatory requirement as imposed on Davao-bound passengers to curb the spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
“Hindi pa ako dumadaan sa RT-PCR testing and of course, pag ganyan babalik na naman ako sa pagho-home quarantine ng 14 days. It’s not something na I want to do again kay dumaan na ako sa ganyan,” she said referring to the time she underwent home quarantine last March after her meeting in Manila with Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, who came in contact with a COVID-19 patient.
Mayor Sara also said she would rather stay in Davao City than travel to Manila to witness her father address the nation.
She also advised the public to watch the president’s SONA to hear about his administration’s accomplishments and other plans before his term ends in 2022. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Marisol Montaño)
The Davao City Government will be enforcing new protocols for returning residents, including Davao-bound passengers to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the city.
Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte said they have begun implementing the COVID-19 ‘Test and Wait’ mechanism for returning Davao City residents, overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), and the locally stranded individuals (LSIs).
“It means that we test them and let them wait in a holding area. When the results come out, they can go home for home quarantine,” she said.
Meanwhile, Duterte has requested the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to require all Davao City-bound passengers to submit a negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours of the departure date.
The Davao International Airport (DIA) resumed operations last June 8 and has been receiving OFWs, LSIs, and commercial flight passengers since it reopened.
The Davao mayor already raised concerns over the increasing cases of COVID-19. Based on reports, many of the cases are returning individuals from Manila. AAC
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