Broadcaster Ramon Tulfo isn’t surprised by the ouster of Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez as House Speaker on the very day Congress opened for a new session.
In his July 28 column for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Tulfo said Alvarez, whom he considers as a friend, developed hubris when he became Speaker in 2016.
“His actions created enemies even out of friends,” the broadcaster said, recalling the rift Alvarez had with Davao del Norte Rep. Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo Jr.
Tulfo said Alvarez also “abused his power” by quarreling with an “influential businessman” but forgot that the person “had helped many people, and they all remembered his kindness.”
To make matters worse, the lawmaker accused Sara of being a part of the opposition because she formed her own regional political party, Hugpong ng Pagbabago.
Sara called up lawmakers before the opening of session on July 23 and asked them to support former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as the new Speaker.
Aside from picking fights, Tulfo said Alvarez also failed to show the Office of the House Speaker respect.
“There were times when Bebot would go to five-star hotels, wearing only shorts and slippers. For the Speaker of the House, that was improper,” he said.
Tulfo said Alvarez’s uncouth character was the reason why Arroyo was able to handily snatch the speakership away from him.
“Bebot’s hubris allowed GMA and the influential businessman to use their carefully cultivated political relationships to have a majority vote, with Sara playing an influential role,” he said.