Humingi ng paumanhin at nangako si House Speaker at Taguig City 1 District Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano na hindi madadamay ang 2021 national budget sa isyu ng speakership sa Kamara.
Ito ang naging tugon ni Cayetano sa pahayag ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte hinggil sa speakership issue na nakakaapekto sa pagpasa na panukalang pambansang budyet sa Kamara.
Sinabi ni Cayetano na makasisiguro si Pangulong Duterte na ang lahat ng kanilang mga aksyon ay naayon sa batas.
Batid din ni Cayetano ang nilalaman ng puso ni ng pangulo para sa kapakanan ng mga Pilipino at tiniyak nito sa publiko na hindi maapektuhan ang 2021 national budget na lubhang kailangan ngayong may pandemya.
Nagpapasalamat naman ito kay Pangulong Duterte dahil aniya maipagpapatuloy na nila ang budget deliberation nang walang intriga.
Bukod pa rito, pinasalamatan din nito si Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III sa kanyang pang-unawa at sa kagustuhan nito na magtrabaho kasama ang Kamara para maabot ang deadline ng bansa para sa pagpasa ng 2021 national budget.
Narito ang buong pahayag ni House Speaker at Taguig City 1 District Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano;
In doing so we are obedient to GOD’S Word To Love Each Other.
In these trying times we seek to ease the burdens of our fellow Filipinos who are suffering from the pandemic. And it is with this in mind that we would like to assure the President and our fellow citizens, that despite all the noise – the 2021 budget will be passed on time.
I thank Senate President Sotto for his understanding and his commitment to work with us in the House of Representatives in meeting the nation’s deadline.
We welcome the President’s stern warning to all parties to stop all the politicking as it could jeopardize the welfare of our fellow citizens at this critical time.
In this, we are not evading any responsibility for our own actions, and would in fact like to sincerely apologize again to the President and the whole nation for adding anxiety to an already uncertain situation.
As a matter of detail, we will submit the printed budget to the Senate on November 5, allowing them to proceed with their hearings, and preparing the way for the formal transmittal on November 16, immediately after Congress votes and approves on third reading the 2021 General Appropriations Bill.
We likewise assure the President that all the actions that we have taken are legal, constitutional, and in line with time honored precedence in the House.
Neither I nor the other members of Congress will sacrifice the budget in this critical time, for political expediency.
Again, we take the President’s stern admonition to heart, and we assure the public that we share his concern for the welfare of our people.
Thank you Mr. President, Congress can now continue to deliberate on the budget without the specter of politics and intrigue hounding us.
To our countrymen, we know that many lives and livelihoods have been lost, and we believe we can help everyone by delivering fully budgeted programs that are responsive to the needs of our fellow citizens as we rebuild the nation from this public health and economic crisis.
The budget will empower the government to create programs that will help the nation adapt, innovate, and manage during these trying times.
We want to present a budget that will be the embodiment of our hope for the future.
A budget that will allow us – not just to dream of recovery – but to bring this to reality. We understand he fears and concerns, but we are confident that history’s judgement will show our intentions to be for the country.
Thank you and GOD Bless us all.”