Alam na sinong manok ‘nya! BBM justifies Velasco’s election as House Speaker

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Did former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. just give a thinly-veiled hint on who he was backing during the heated battle for the speakership?

The Ilocano politiko dedicated his video blog on Saturday, October 17, explaining the validity behind the ouster of Taguig City-Pateros 1st District Representative Alan Peter Cayetano as Speaker and the rise of Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco as new House leader.

In his six-minute vlog, Marcos pretty much echoed the justification that Velasco and his allies used to defend their move to unseat Cayetano: that the majority makes the rules in the House.

“Ang rule talaga diyan, basta may quorum, basta’t may majority ng congressman, puwede mag-session,” Marcos said on the session the Velasco bloc conducted at the Celebrity Sports Plaza on October 12 to stage their ouster.

“Even if the rules say one thing, if the congressmen decide by a majority vote to suspend the rules, they can also do that. Basta merong majority vote,” added Marcos.

Marcos also said there is no such thing as a “fake” House mace, which represents the power of the chamber. Cayetano allies had earlier questioned the improvised mace used during the proceedings inside the sports club.

“The mace is actually a formality. It is a symbol of session. There is no such thing as a fake mace. Because if a majority of congressman say, ‘Ayan na ang aming official mace,’ ayun na ‘yung official mace,” he said.

Velasco’s allies formalized his election inside the Batasang Pambansa’s session hall on October 13, the same day Cayetano “resigned” from as Speaker.

Marcos himself is well-aware of the power dynamics in the House, having been a former congressman of Ilocos Norte.

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