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It wasn’t just Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte who was burning the lines to discuss the speakership before the third regular session of the 17th Congess opened on July 23.

1-PACMAN party-list Rep. Mikee Romero revealed Friday (July 27) that former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was also calling congressmen to ask for their support in her bid to wrest the speakership away from Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez.

“What happened was Sunday, she (Arroyo) asked us to mobilize also the party-list coalition, which is numbering about 47 members of Congress,” he said in an interview over ANC’s “Headstart.”

Romero, however, did not say whether it was indeed Arroyo who called up lawmakers.

Politiko earlier reported that Arroyo’s girl Friday, Medy Poblador, made the rounds of lawmakers to seek their support in ousting Alvarez.

While Arroyo– or her emissary– was making phone calls, Romero said leaders of various political parties in the House were calling their members to ask them to support the former President.

“About 40 to 50 at that time Sunday– about 7 in the evening– were trying to bolt out of the super majority,” he said.

Romero said the pro-Arroyo group already had the numbers to oust Alvarez– 161 to be exact– when the morning session adjourned on July 23.

However, Arroyo’s formal takeover was delayed until after President Rodrigo Duterte delivered his State of the Nation Address.