- House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said critics are using the issue of ABS-CBN franchise renewal to oust him
- He said he will not be pressured by media to do his job
- Meanwhile, one lawmaker denied any coup plans to oust Cayetano
Taguig-Pateros 1st District Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano said critics are using the issue on the ABS-CBN franchise renewal to oust him as speaker.
The House speaker said he has no qualms to step down if there’s a disapproval from the majority of the members. Cayetano was quoted by ABS-CBN saying, “The moment na ayaw na ‘ko nung majority ng mga kongresista, aalis ako.”
However, he added that he couldn’t help but notice that several issues are being hurled against him to try and oust him in power. He noted the earlier budget insertion issue and the recent ABS-CBN franchise renewal.
Cayetano said, “Marami kaming namo-monitor na issues: una, sa budget; ngayon naman, sa ABS na ginagamit para sabihin na time na umalis ako.”
Sen. Panfilo Lacson had earlier alleged that the existence of budget insertions in this year’s national expenditure plan. The House of Representatives had also earned criticism for their slow review of the media giant’s franchise renewal.
Cayetano had earlier promised that ABS-CBN will be given a fair and “sober” debate under the lower house. He said that while the issue of franchise renewal is important, it not urgent. “This is how I know to do my job. Hindi ako marunong na bara-bara. Ayoko na ‘pag na-pressure ng media, maghi-hearing na kaagad,” he said.
Cayetano is on a “term sharing” with Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco and expected to step down after 15 months of serving as House Speaker.
Meanwhile, Cebu City Rep. Raul del Mar spoke up and denied any “coup against the Speaker.”