Tablado! Arroyo snubs Nograles in dinner with House leaders
Former President and now Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo reportedly snubbed Davao City Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles during a dinner hosted by the House leadership last Tuesday.
Multiple sources told Politiko that Mrs. Arroyo’s cold reception to Nograles was highly noticeable during the dinner held at the social hall of the House of Representatives.
One source disclosed that Nograles attempted to apologize to the House leader over the disagreements in the proposed P3.757-trillion national budget for 2019 particularly the P51.7-billion worth of alleged insertions but Mrs. Arroyo was lukewarm and unmoved by the gesture of the chairman of the Committee on Appropriations.
The realignment of the allotment almost triggered a near brawl last Monday between Majority Floor Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. and appropriations panel vice-chair, Camarines Sur Luis Raymund Villafuerte.
Mrs. Arroyo, according to the source, felt betrayed by Nograles’ action after the Davao City solon reportedly fed the wrong information to Malacañang. Nograles allegedly claimed the budget insertion was allotted to the House leadership, contrary to an earlier conversation with Arroyo wherein the Nograles told the Speaker that some personalities in the Palace were against the removal or rechanneling of the P51.7-billion fund.
Another source claimed that Nograles kept on apologizing to Arroyo and Andaya during the dinner.
The Office of the House Speaker last Tuesday released official photos of the dinner showing Nograles sitting beside Mrs. Arroyo but with a large gap between their seats.
Last Monday, plenary proceedings for the proposed 2019 General Appropriations Act (GAA) suffered a setback due to the alleged ghost insertions made by the previous House leadership under deposed Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.
The proposed inclusion of the total allotments has prompted a move to unseat Nograles as chairman of the Committee on Appropriations.
On Tuesday, Andaya convened the Committee of the Whole which override the report submitted by Nograles’ panel and realigned various ghost insertions reaching close to P52 billion in the proposed P3.757-trillion National Expenditure Program (NEP) for 2019.