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Pasaring kay Alan? Nograles reacts to Sara’s cryptic message to solons: Alam na this!

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

Party-list Cong. Jericho Nograles is curious over the cryptic message posted recently by his cousin, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte for his colleagues in the House of Representatives.

During the Majority Bloc’s News Forum on Tuesday, Nograles gave a clue over the subliminal text affixed by Mayor Duterte in her Instagram page last Sunday.

“Alam na this! Yung lang, alam na this,” Nograles told members of the House media in jest.

When pressed to further elaborate his clue, Nograles just repeated his earlier cryptic hint.

“Wag na. basta alam na this! Alam na this!” said Nograles.

As per Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, the term “alam na this” is a modern Filipino urban expression that literally means “it is already an obvious thing.”

On Sunday, the Presidential daughter posted a cryptic message for congressmen amidst fiasco over the organizers’ mishandling of preparations for the 30thh Southeast Asian Games (SEAG)—as tasked given to House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano

Duterte in her post seemed to have teased the legislators that they deserve the leaders they choose.

“‘I told you so’ is a sure-fire way to kick-start and argument. In the same way, ‘you do not listen’ will ignite a conversation into a heated one,” said Duterte.

“May I just say to everyone in Congress, ‘I told you but you did not listen so there you go’,” she added.

Mayor didn’t further elaborate her mysterious subliminal quote, although the Hugpong ng Pagbabago chairperson is known staunch supporter of Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco.

Duterte and her influential political entity has remained firm with their stand against the term-sharing deal for the House leadership between Cayetano and Velasco which was forged by President Rodrigo Duterte himself.

A week after the mid-term elections last May, Mayor Duterte claimed that Cayetano issued a “veiled threat” that she is about to destroy the administration coalition if ever she decides to back the Speakership bid of Velasco.

“(Cayetano) came with a veiled threat, that if I endorse Rep. Velasco for Speaker, I would break up the ‘group’,” the Presidential daughter then stressed.

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