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Mahirap malusutan! Duterte cools off with GMA amid feud with Cabinet boys

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President Rodrigo Duterte has grown cold towards House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo amid her fight with the economic managers, Politiko learned.

A source said Duterte came to realization that he can’t trust Arroyo with the proverbial keys to the government at any time because she and her allies could grab power any time.

Arroyo’s trusted lieutenants, House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. and House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez, have been attacking Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno over alleged anomalies in the national budget under the Duterte administration.

Diokno is accused of inserting billions of pesos worth of funds for infrastructure projects without the knowledge of the Department of Public Works and Highways.

The money was supposedly aimed at ensuring a contractor linked to his daughter’s parents-in-law will bag the projects.

Arroyo has also been schooling the other economic managers on the need to show tangible results of the projects they have been bragging about since assuming office.

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