By: Elena Grace Flores
House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano administers the oath-taking for Leyte Representative Martin Romualdez recently. He takes on the role of majority floor leader of the 18th Congress on July 22, 2019. The Cayetano and Romualdez deal is President Du30’s remedy for the previous speakership conflict. Du30 calls on unity in Congress. The arrangement gives an edge to the current administration’s policies and future endeavours. That could include Bongbong Marcos’ plight for 2022 or before.
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[VIDEO]: Martin Romualdez takes oath as Majority Floor Leader
4th Powerful Position
Taguig-Pateros Rep. Cayetano ascends to the fourth most powerful position in the country. He receives the nod of 266 out of 300 House members in the speakership vote during the first regular session of the 18th Congress after the plea of the President. Romualdez immediately backs out from his speakership candidacy in unity with the President’s majority block.
Davao City 1st District Rep. Paolo Du30 said the House should elect a new Speaker after Cayetano’s 15-month term ends. President Du30’s son made the manifestation before nominating Cayetano for Speaker. Former Speaker aspirants. Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco also nominates Duterte’s running mate in the 2016 presidential elections. Velasco was Cayetano’s arch rival for the position whom Du30 wants to install as the next Speaker.
Not Term-Sharing but Resignation
“The term sharing agreement is one between congressman Cayetano, Romualdez, Velasco and the President. I am against any term sharing agreement, however, if the Speaker resigns after 15 months, then we will have to elect a new Speaker,” Paolo said during the chamber’s first regular session of the 18th Congress.
The Power of the Congress on BBM’s Plight
A President can nominate someone to become Vice President if that office is vacant, with the approval of Congress or the House of Representatives. It is known that the current VP now faces charges filed against her by the PNP. That includes sedition. If an impeachment is successful against Robredo, the second position of the land will be available. Whenever there is a vacancy in the office of the Vice President, the President shall nominate a Vice President who shall take office upon confirmation by a majority vote of both Houses of Congress. When Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo succeeded to the presidency and nominated Teofisto Guingona as Vice President. Guingona was confirmed by Congress on February 9, 2001 and took the oath of office the same day.