Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez and Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas could only blame their egos for their failure to notice the blatant power grab staged by allies of now-Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, a House leader said.
Capiz Rep. Fredenil Castro said Alvarez and Fariñas were “too confident” they had the support of all members of the super majority coalition even if lawmakers were already unhappy with their leadership.
“The show in the House of Representatives was being run by two persons without the rest of leaders of Congress and the rest of its members being consulted,” Castro said in interview over ANC’s “Headstart” Tuesday (July 24).
The lawmaker, who is widely believed to be elected Majority Floor Leader under Arroyo, said Alvarez’s decision to oust House leaders, including Arroyo, who did not vote in favor of the death penalty bill only served to worsen his standing among his colleagues.
“Not only Speaker GMA, there were others who were offended by the action of the former Speaker,” Castro said.
Arroyo was elected Speaker in a session convened after Duterte’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) Monday (July 23).
Before Arroyo’s election, Castro said leaders of the political parties in the House held meetings among themselves to discuss Alvarez’s ouster.
The meetings caused a lack of quorum in the caucus called by Fariñas ahead of the opening of the third regular session of the 17th Congress.