Pampanga Rep. Arroyo unseats House Speaker Alvarez

Pampanga Rep. Arroyo unseats House Speaker Alvarez

The vote was held after President Rodrigo Duterte's State of the Nation Address (SONA) when Congress reconvened after some confusion on whether or not Arroyo was successfully sworn into her new position earlier that day.

With the support, Arroyo was declared speaker and was allowed to take her oath of office at the plenary hall but questions remained about the legality of the proceedings.

However, it was Alvarez who welcomed President Duterte when he arrived at the hall to deliver his SONA. After several congresspersons stood up, Arroyo proceeded to walk up the podium to take her oath.

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"If half of this number will vote for Alvarez, then Arroyo will have a big problem confronting her should she win the speakership challenge", said a Mindanao lawmaker requesting anonymity.

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The document stated the need for a "credible and competent House leadership" to guide the discussions on the pending issues and "a need for a more proactive legislative agenda" to safeguard the economy and the Constitution.

Arroyo was the country's president from 2001 - 2010. She was also seen saying something to legislators before the oath-taking. But before Duterte delivered his SONA, it was Alvarez who sat on the speaker's chair.

In his speech, the Davao del Norte 1st District Representative said he supports the anti-political dynasty provision proposed by the Consultative Committee (Con-Com) in the draft federal charter, which has been turned over to Congress. Alvarez, however, denied calling Duterte-Carpio part of the opposition.

Alvarez is the Secretary-General of the ruling party, PDP-Laban.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte respects the turnover of power from Alvarez to Arroyo.

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