Representative Lord Allan Velasco, right, is sworn in as the new House speaker at the Celebrity Sports Plaza in suburban Manila. Photo: AP Representative Lord Allan Velasco, right, is sworn in as the new House speaker at the Celebrity Sports Plaza in suburban Manila. Photo: AP
Representative Lord Allan Velasco, right, is sworn in as the new House speaker at the Celebrity Sports Plaza in suburban Manila. Photo: AP

Duterte allies battle over Philippine House speaker role, threatening coronavirus budget and ruling coalition

  • Members of the Philippines’ House of Representatives voted to replace Alan Peter Cayetano with Lord Allan Velasco, a member of the ruling PDP-Laban Party
  • Cayetano has refused to relinquish his position, leading to a political showdown and setting up a possible power struggle in the lead-up to 2022’s elections

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Representative Lord Allan Velasco, right, is sworn in as the new House speaker at the Celebrity Sports Plaza in suburban Manila. Photo: AP Representative Lord Allan Velasco, right, is sworn in as the new House speaker at the Celebrity Sports Plaza in suburban Manila. Photo: AP
Representative Lord Allan Velasco, right, is sworn in as the new House speaker at the Celebrity Sports Plaza in suburban Manila. Photo: AP
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