Alan Peter Cayetano hopes to be­come House Speaker

Watchmen Daily Journal - - Nation -

MANILA – For­eign Af­fairs Sec­re­tary Alan Peter Cayetano will gun for no less than the House Speak­er­ship if he wins as Taguig City rep­re­sen­ta­tive, he said yes­ter­day.

"I will seek the lead­er­ship po­si­tion in the House," he told re­porters in Bali, In­done­sia, where he is with Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte for an As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions (ASEAN) con­fer­ence.

But not wish­ing to sound like he was get­ting ahead of him­self, he added that he first needs to win the con­gres­sional seat for Taguig City. Duterte pre­vi­ously an­nounced Cayetano is run­ning for con­gress­man in 2019.

"You have to win first in your dis­trict, and I want to fo­cus on that first," he said.

Be­com­ing Speaker would en­able him to help Duterte carry out his pri­or­ity pro­grams and ini­tia­tives, es­pe­cially as the ad­min­is­tra­tion reaches the sec­ond half of the Duterte pres­i­dency.

"This won't be a sim­ple en­ter­ing Congress and want­ing to be Speaker or want­ing a new lead­er­ship. It's how you want to pur­sue this vi­sion in the next 3 years. And, as we all know, the ad­min­is­tra­tions are most ef­fec­tive usu­ally in the 4th and 5th year," said Cayetano.

"So prac­ti­cally, we have two years...to get to work on the changes that are re­ally needed," he said.

House Speaker Glo­ria Ma­ca­pa­gal Ar­royo is on her last term as Pam­panga 2nd Dis­trict Rep­re­sen­ta­tive. Her term ends in 2019.

Cayetano is no stranger to Batasan. He served as rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Lone Con­gres­sional Dis­trict of Taguig and Pateros from 1998 to 2004.

(Angie de Silva file photo)

For­eign Af­fairs Sec­re­tary Alan Peter Cayetano says he's gun­ning for House Speak­er­ship.

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