Pwersa ng Bayaning Atleta party-list Representative Jericho Nograles voting on whether to accept or reject Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano’s offer to resign is a “waste of legislative time.”
Nograles said he did not join in the proceedings yesterday because he found it “a little absurd.” He added Cayetano also abused his privilege speech.
“There is nothing in our rules that you can offer a resignation. Under our rules, you may resign, and the deputy speakers will decide among themselves who gets to be the acting Speaker until all members of the House are present to elect the new Speaker,” he said in an ANC interview.
He also said the timing of Cayetano’s move to offer his resignation is terrible because the Congress is in the middle of deliberations on the proposed 2021 national budget.
“He (Cayetano) did not resign. It was a waste of legislative time. Yes, we have personal and collective privilege [to speak as members of Congress] before the plenary, but that privilege should not be abused. Why did he charge it to taxpayers’ time?” he added.