President’s son now wants to join speakership race?

Paolo “Pulong” Duterte

DAVAO City Rep. Paolo “Pulong” Duterte has changed his mind and is now considering running for Speaker of the House of Representatives.

In a statement, Rep. Duterte said he was prompted by the idea of “term sharing” being pushed by Taguig City Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano.

The presidential son even described Cayetano as very obsessed with term-sharing.

“Moapil na ko pagka-speaker. The house is divided, I might be able to help unite it,” Rep. Duterte said.

“Pareho lang kaming binoto ng mga tao ah. Kung term sharing, term sharing na kaming lahat,” he added.

The first born of President Rodrigo Duterte is proposing that the top House post be shared by representatives from Mindanao, Visayas, Luzon, and the party-list groups.

“I will ask the Visayas bloc to elect their speaker for their term share, and so with the Mindanao bloc and the party-list coalition,” Rep. Duterte said.

Obviously irritated over Speakership issue, Rep. Duterte reminded his colleagues that this is not about persons but the welfare of the country that is at stake.

“It is not about speakership alone, but who is the right person to unite Congress and I hope those running for the speakership stop influencing the cabinet,” he stressed.

Earlier Rep. Duterte vehemently denied he was interested in the position after Davao Del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez named him as a contender.

However, piqued by Cayetano’s insistence on term-sharing and hitting other candidates particularly Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco, Rep. Duterte said he was now thinking of joining the race.

Just recently, Rep. Duterte slammed Rep,. Cayetano for involving him in the speakership row.

“Pakiusap lang po. Kung sino man ang gusto na idamay ako sa usapin ng speakership sa House of Representatives — huwag po ninyo akong gamitin. Huwag po ang pangalan ko.

“Ilabas po ninyo ako sa inyong marumi, mapanghamak, bastos, at nakakawala ng respeto na uri ng pulitika,” Rep. Duterte said.

He reminded his colleagues that he is friendly and approachable but with limitations.

“Ang pagkakaibigan natin ay hindi lisensya para gamitin ninyo ako upang sirain ang inyong kalaban, bastusin ang kanyang asawa o ang kanyang pamilya.

“Sa mga kapwa ko mambabatas, ako po ay baguhan lamang, pero sa tingin ko, ang nangyayari ngayon ay dapat na magsilbing paalaala sa atin sa ating pagpili ng ating lider sa Kongreso,” Rep. Duterte also said.

“Piliin po natin ang lider na may respeto sa kawpa, lalo na sa babae — kahit na asawa pa man ito ng kanyang kalaban.

“Piliin po natin ang lider na ang interes ay hindi pansarili, tiyak na maninindigan at tunay na aalalay kay Pangulong Duterte at sa kanyang administasyon para isulong ang tunay at positibong pagbabago sa ating bansa,” the solon added.