High stakes drama! Alvarez expected to challenge GMA’s takeover
Speaker Bebot Alvarez is expected to challenge former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's claim to his seat in a dramatic standoff which delayed President Rodrigo Duterte's state of the nation address for 75 minutes.

High stakes drama! Alvarez expected to challenge GMA’s takeover

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Speaker Bebot Alvarez is expected to challenge former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s claim to his seat in a dramatic standoff which delayed President Rodrigo Duterte’s state of the nation address for 75 minutes.

Arroyo took her oath just minutes before Duterte’s arrival at the Batasan but Alvarez still took his seat at the rostrum during the SONA in which Duterte acknowledged him as Speaker.

Senator Sonny Angara himself was confused by the commotion at the floor in what should have been Duterte’s shining hour.

A majority or 186 members of the House have signed a manifesto supporting Arroyo as the new Speaker but Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat believes Alvarez will not give up without a fight.

“Historic and amazing anomaly. Mikeless and maceless session. Pre-SONA sideshow. Alvarez ousted as speaker w/ former Pres GMA as new speaker. But I’m sure there’s a challenge from Speaker Alvarez as to validity of action. Drama,” said Baguilat in a tweet.

When asked if Arroyo broke the rules in ousting Alvarez, Marikina Rep. Miro Quimbo said that majority always ruled in the House.

 

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