- Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano is praying for twins on his 49th birthday.
- This comes amid the term-sharing agreement between him and Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco in the 18th Congress.
- Cayetano said that he is hoping to finally build a family with his wife, Taguig Rep. Lani Cayetano after finishing his 15-month tenure.
MANILA, Philippines—For his 49th birthday, House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano wants twins for him and his wife, Taguig Rep. Lani Cayetano.
On Monday, Cayetano bared his birthday wish: to build a family after fulfilling his speakership in the 18th Congress.
“Hoping for twins, soon. I’m sure all couples are hoping to have a family and to be able to care for their family,” he told the media in a chance interview.
“That is why with or without the 15 months, that might be my chance to have an alone time with her or for her to have an alone time with me,” Cayetano added, referring to his 15-month tenure under the “15-21” term-sharing deal between him and Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco previously brokered by President Rodrigo Duterte.
Cayetano himself said that he is “open” to serve his full term as the leader of the lower chamber, that is, if Velasco is open to forego their term-sharing pact under the 18th Congress.
“Well you know I’m open to the possibility if Congressman Velasco himself would say ‘you do it,’ I won’t convince him otherwise anymore,” Cayetano told the media in a mix of English and Filipino.
However, the Speaker himself noted that he honors the agreement and acknowledges Velasco’s brand of leadership as the latter is expected to take over for the next 21 months.
“We’re also human. We’re also public servants and we also believe in our own leadership. Having said that, [Velasco] has his own leadership, following, and he also heads the party of our President so I have to also respect that,” Cayetano added, referring to the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) headed by Velasco in the House.
For the meantime, the Speaker noted that he will work as hard in the 12 months that were panned out.
“I am planning for 12 more months..so hopefully, we can work on full blast during that time and until that time, it would be good to focus on what we need to do because if not, there will likely be disunity,” Cayetano said.
Cayetano, who was only appointed Speaker in July, garnered a 64 percent approval rating and a 62 percent trust rating in the third quarter poll of the year.
Some of his allies in the lower chamber have previously attributed these high ratings to his strong leadership.
“I can’t stop other congressmen from expressing their support on how the current Congress is being managed. Me, I’m very proud of the 18th Congress, but we have an agreement. And so far, the President is not changing it,” Cayetano stressed. —Manila Times
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