Arroyo replacing Alvarez as House Speaker

GMAThe 17th Congress opens its Final Regular Session Monday, with talks of a leadership change sweeping the House of Representatives.

Multiple sources inside and outside the House have advanced the idea that the leadership change was supposedly finalized over the weekend through efforts led by the President Rodrigo Duterte’s daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte and her political surrogates. The president’s daughter has yet to comment.

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The same sources also tipped off ABS-CBN that lawmakers have scheduled meetings Monday morning, before the session purportedly to finalize the election of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as the 21st Speaker of the House of Representatives.

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ARROYO TO REPLACE ALVAREZ

Different blocs at the House of Representatives are meeting early Monday, July 23 following a reported plot to oust Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.

Several sources told Rappler several lawmakers have met over the weekend to secure numbers to ensure Alvarez, Davao del Norte 1st Distict representative, will be unseated.

The plan is to install former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Pampanga 2nd District representative, as the new Speaker.

No less than the President’s daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, wants Alvarez out. In February, she said her father would be “better off” without Alvarez as Speaker.

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