Sara still mum on role vs Bebot

Mayor Sara Z. Duterte-Carpio has remained silent on her alleged role in the ouster of Davao del Norte Rep. Pantalon Alvarez from the Speakership.

Based on the City Information Office, however, Duterte-Carpio called the replacement of Alvarez, Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as a “strong leader.”

There were reports that the mayor called up top political leaders of the House of Representatives to persuade them to replace Alvarez after their falling out following what she claimed in her social media post as Alvarez branding her a member of the opposition when she led the formation of the Hugpong ng Pagbabago, a regional party.

Alvarez, however, denied the allegation.

On Monday just before the state-of-the-nation address of President Rodrigo R. Duterte, many members of the House of Representatives who bolted the coalition that Alvarez formed chose Arroyo to be their Speaker.

The incident even sidelined the approval of the Bangsamoro Organic Law which the President was supposed to sign as he was delivering his speech.

As Arroyo was taking her oath as the new Speaker, Alvarez and Senate President Vicente Sotto III were fetching Mr. Duterte as he was alighting from the helicopter that brought him to the House of Representatives where he was to deliver his speech.

The fiasco lasted more than an hour and when everything settled, Alvarez was still the Speaker who led the holding of the joint congressional session.

After the speech of the President, however, those supporting Arroyo convened the Lower House to again elect her as Speaker.

A former President herself, Arroyo became the first woman Speaker even after she was detained for graft charges as these were eventually dismissed. Outgoing Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, however, confirmed Tuesday that there are still cases pending against Arroyo before the anti-graft body.

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