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Bistado! Ping exposes Gloria Arroyo’s ‘path’ to force Chacha


After seemingly contradicting itself not once but twice, can the House of Representatives under Speaker Gloria Arroyo still be trusted, particularly on Charter change?

Sen. Panfilo Lacson noted that under Arroyo, the House majority has elected the minority leader, and insist that pork barrel in the 2019 budget is not pork.

“If the House majority can elect the minority leader, and say pork isn’t pork, what can stop them from interpreting ‘voting jointly’ to mean ‘voting separately’?” he said in a tweet.

Arroyo took over the Speakership following a leadership struggle that delayed President Rodrigo Duterte’s State of the Nation Address last July 23.

Last week, she assured no member of the House will get “zero budget,” an indication of pork barrel funding.

But when Lacson pointed out the potential of pork barrel making a comeback, several House members allied with Arroyo insisted there was no pork.

On the other hand, Lacson noted Rep. Danilo Suarez, a supporter of the Speaker and as such belongs to the House majority, was made minority bloc leader.

With such developments, Lacson questioned if the House can be trusted in its “assurance” that both houses would vote separately should they convene in a joint session to amend the 1987 Constitution.

The Senate has insisted it will not take part in a joint session due to the possibility it would be forced into a joint voting where the 24-member Senate would be outnumbered and rendered irrelevant by nearly 300 House members.