Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano’s announcement on Tuesday of his “irrevocable resignation” as House Speaker minutes after lawmakers ousted him and proclaimed Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco as their new leader, drew mixed emotions from his colleagues.

Cebu City 2nd District Rep. Rodrigo Abellanosa said: “Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano no longer has the position to resign from after the majority of the House members voted Rep. Lord Allan Velasco yesterday as Speaker, and then ratified in today’s session.”

Negros Oriental 2nd District Rep. Manuel Sagarbarria was not surprised by Cayetano’s resignation, saying: “It is expected.”

Other lawmakers have a more positive disposition on the matter, cheering at the “wise” gesture of Cayetano.

“It would provide stability to the House. He made a wise decision for the institution,” according to Muntinlupa Lone District Rep. Rozzano Rufino Biazon.

Quezon City 2nd District Rep. Precious Hipolito Castelo, meanwhile, expressed gratitude to Cayetano for acting like a statesman and for his dynamic leadership that pushed the passage of several priority bills, particularly the measures seeking to strengthen the government’s fight against COVID-19.

Ang Probinsyano Party-List Rep. Ronnie Ong added: “Rep. Cayetano’s resignation from the Speakership is the honorable thing left to do, not only to abide by the term-sharing agreement but also for the House to resume the swift and successful passing of the budget.”

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