A SENATOR yesterday warned that the independence of the House of Representatives may have been compromised after some lawmakers asked President Rodrigo R. Duterte to endorse his bet for speaker.

The congressmen have effectively asked the president to intervene in the affairs of a co-equal branch, Senator Richard J. Gordon told reporters at a briefing.

Party members, he added, should have influenced their members to vote for someone instead of involving Mr. Duterte.

On Monday, the president endorsed Taguig City Rep. Alan Peter S. Cayetano as the next speaker under a term-sharing deal with Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Q. Velasco. — Vince Angelo C. Ferreras