House coup won’t happen -- Lagman

EVEN a member of the House opposition is not convinced that there will be a coup d’etat at the opening of the 18th Congress on Monday.

In a statement, Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman said the coup is very unlikely because the Majority members are allies of President Rodrigo Duterte.

“A coup is staged by hostile forces opposed to the establishment,” Lagman pointed out.

“Considering that the members of the supermajority coalition are allied with President Rodrigo Duterte, the possibility of a coup from allies to subvert the President’s anointment of presumptive Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano is nil,” he added.

Lagman stressed that the ouster of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez before was different because it was not a coup but a mutiny of a disgruntled crew orchestrated by an external force.

The solon said the current grumblings in the House are the usual infighting for choice positions of Deputy Speakers, Committee Chairmen, Vice Chairmen, and ranking members, among fellow partisans which would test the mettle and fortitude of a leader.

Meanwhile, Lagman said that after the two most important positions of Speaker and Majority Leader have been settled, the third most important position is that of an authentic, credible and responsible Minority Leader from the ranks of the true opposition.

Earlier, Lagman called on the House leaders to let the lower chamber have an authentic Minority.

With Jezreel Biscocho