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Cool under pressure: Alvarez parties with GMA at Duterte’s birthday bash

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There’s no sign of the rumored power struggle involving House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo when they met at the birthday party hosted for President Rodrigo Duterte.

Photos uploaded by ABS-CBN reporter RG Cruz showed Alvarez smiling alongside Arroyo at the party, which was held at the posh Sofitel Philippine Plaza in Pasay City.

There’s been a long-standing rumor that Arroyo, currently the congressional representative of Pampanga’s second district, will replace Alvarez as Speaker.

Among the politikos rumored to back Arroyo is Davao del Norte Rep. Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo Jr., who has turned into Alvarez’s nemesis after years of friendship.

Also rumored to be a contender for Alvarez’s post is Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Jay Velasco, who organized the birthday bash for Duterte.

FPGMA, Speaker Alvarez at last night’s salusalo.

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