EXPLAINER: The Philippines’ next House Speaker

EXPLAINER: The Philippines’ next House Speaker
Will Taguig-Pateros Representative Alan Cayetano get the support of a House that isn't too fond of him? Will Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco get to serve for 21 months, as promised him?

MANILA, Philippines – The search for the next speaker of the House of Representatives is a hotly contested one, with no less than President Rodrigo Duterte endorsing a term-sharing agreement between his 2016 running mate, Taguig City-Pateros Representative Alan Peter Cayetano; and his party mate, Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco.

While Duterte himself had said that there was no doubt Cayetano would assume the top House post first, followed by Velasco, all the wheeling and dealing behind the scenes still leave several questions unanswered: Will Cayetano get the support he needs? Will Velasco serve his 21-month term?

All that still has to come to a vote on July 22. – Rappler.com

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