Ikinalugod ni Davao Occidental lone district Rep. Claude Bautista na natapos na ang tila girian sa pagitan ni House Speaker Martin Romualdez at mga Duterte.
Sa privilege speech ni Bautista sa sesyon, sinegundahan nito ang naunang pahayag ni Speaker Romualdez na pumupuri sa desisyon ni Vice President Sara Duterte na hindi na humingi ng confidential funds dahil sa pagiging divisive nito.
“Yesterday, Mr Speaker, you hailed the decision of Vice President Sara Duterte to forgo the Confidential Fund that the Office of the Vice President and the Department of Education proposed in the 2024 budget. Allow me to join you in saying that the Vice President, indeed, made the right decision…The issue has already caused trouble between and among friends. It has strained relationships. It has threatened unities. It has damaged trust. And as the Vice President has said, it is divisive.” sabi ni Bautista.
Naging mainit ang usapin ng paglilipat ng confidential fund lalo na ng Office of the Vice President at Department of Education na pinamumunuan din ni VP Sara.
Sinundan ito ng ilang mga pahayag ni dating Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte laban sa Kamara.
Kaya naman ani Bautista natatanong ng publiko kung mayroon pa rin bang UniTeam.
“Recently, however, the perception of the public has been disconcerting, Mr. Speaker. The political noise is shifting their confidence to doubt whether our leaders are still working together as one. The hearts of millions of Filipinos had been bleeding as they sensed the air of animosity taking over our unity…Until yesterday (Monday)–when the country’s anxiety was pacified by the assurance that differences with the Vice President would be resolved for the sake of the nation.” paghahayag ng Mindanao solon.
Ngunit matapos nga ang pahayag ni Speaker Romualdez ay kumpiyansa si Bautista na buhay pa rin ang ‘unity’ at ipinakita ng mga lider ng bansa na ang kapakanan ng mga Pilipino ang kanilang inuuna.
“It’s heartening to know that the cause that has brought us once together is still alive…It is heartening to know that the unity that became our light leading to where we are now continues to burn in our hearts…It is time to move past the issues that take our attention away from the problems that affect our people. As leaders, we are responsible for preventing divisions that could harm our country.” sabi pa nito.
Muli ring siniguro ni Bautista na kaisa siya sa pagsuporta sa liderato ni Speaker Romualdez at hinimok ang lahat na suportahan ang pamahalaan.
“I am here to call on everyone to support the House leadership…to support Speaker Romualdez. As a member of this legislative body, I join the cause to uphold the integrity of the House and ensure that it stands strong in the face of any challenge. If the House is strong the nation is strong… I am here to join the chorus of those who want this government to succeed. Because if this government succeeds, the Filipino people will succeed and the Philippines will succeed.” sabi pa nito. | via Kathleen Jean Forbes