Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano to colleagues: "House of Representatives is the House of the People..."

Speaker of the House Alan Peter Cayetano photo from Manila Bulletin (ctto)

Newly-elected Speaker of the House Alan Peter Cayetano promised to turn the House of Representative into the House of the People during his speech on Monday.
He was elected as leader of the House by a 266-28 vote, Cayetano asked his fellow lawmakers to be pro-people during his acceptance speech.

“People love their congressmen, but they love to hate Congress. This is something I ask all of you in unison. Let us change that because this is the House of the People,” Cayetano said.
“We should respect, and love our congressman but we should also feel that the House of Representatives is the House of the People. Tayo po ang takbuhan ng sambayanan,” He said.
We will do what is right, so that we will have a Congress that is relevant, responsive and reliable.” He added.

The former Foreign Affair Secretary and President Duterte's running mate in the last 2016 Presidential election, Taguig Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano, was elected speaker on Monday, despite many controversies surfaced during the speakership nominations.

The Taguig Representative will serve as speaker for 15 months under a power-sharing agreement that Duterte proposed. While Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco will serve the remaining 21 months of the 18th Congress.

Cayetano received prayers from his colleagues led by CIBAC Rep. Eddie Villanueva, an evangelist before taking his oath as the Speaker.

"Sana po ako'y maging worthy at sana po ay tulungan niyo ako para sa loob ng 15 na buwan ay mapagsilbihan po natin ang ating mga kababayang mabuti at lahat po ng nasa legislative agenda, ubusin na natin at ipasa na natin dahil mas magandang magawa na natin ito kaagad," he said.

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