Lord Allan Velasco elected by Philippines lawmaker as new Speaker of the House of Representatives

Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco has been elected as the new Speaker of the House of Representatives by lawmakers in the Philippines.  

“When Pres. Duterte brokered the term sharing-agreement last year, there were no conditions attached to it. The gentlemen’s agreement for two parties to serve alternately was sealed by a handshake, witnessed by the President himself. This was a bond of honor, stronger than any written contract,” Velasco said in his speech. 

“There is no need to open fresh wounds at this point as there will come a right time for that. However, there is no denying that all this unnecessary turmoil we’re currently experiencing resulted from the abject refusal to honor that agreement,” Velasco added. 

Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano, the main rival to Velasco, tendered his “irrevocable resignation” as support for him collapsed. 

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