Paolo Duterte throws support behind Cayetano for speaker DAVAO City Rep. Paolo “Pulong” Duterte threw his support behind Taguig City Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano as speaker of the House of Representatives but expressed his disapproval over a “term-sharing” deal that was set by his father with another lawmaker. “I am against any term sharing agreement. However, if the Speaker resigns after 15 months, then we will have to elect a new speaker,” said the younger Duterte who had initially formed a coalition with his sister, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, to nominate Davao City Rep. Isidro Ungab as speaker. Before today, Monday, Cayetano and the Davao City lawmaker had talked amid reports of a coup against the Taguig City representative. Paolo Duterte’s pronouncement at the opening of the session at the House laid to rest fears of an ouster move. “Mr. [presiding officer], I nominate a leader who understands local and national governance, one that can bridge the different branches of the government, one that can represent the House of Representatives and the Philippines in the international arena. Mr. [presiding officer], I nominate the distinguished gentleman from the district…of Taguig Pateros, Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano,” said Rep. Duterte whose announcement was welcomed with applause. In his nomination speech, Rep. Duterte reiterated that while he was against the term-sharing deal brokered by President Rodrigo Duterte betwee Cayetano and Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco, he respected his father’s decision. As of posting time, the House representatives are nominating their candidates for the speakership.