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Utos ni Duterte! GMA waiting for guidelines from boss before endorsing Speaker

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Former President Gloria Macapagal- Arroyo is waiting for guidelines from President Rodrigo Duterte on what qualities to look for in the next Speaker.

A source told Politiko that Arroyo might name her preferred successor at a despedida party she would be hosting for family and allies.

The former President, who has been tight lipped on the speakership race, may break her silence because of Duterte who publicly ordered her twice to take over the chore of choosing the next speaker because he doesn’t want the burden of hurting his friends and allies.

Politiko’s source said Arroyo is taking Duterte’s order for her to choose the next Speaker seriously.

The former President even asked her Girl Friday, Medy Poblador, to find out what traits Duterte wants in the next Speaker.

Odds are on Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez to be Arroyo’s preferred successor because they were both from Lakas-CMD.

Like Arroyo, Romualdez studied abroad, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from Cornell University.

The congressman is also said to be close to Arroyo’s son, Dato.

The two other contenders for Speaker are: Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Jay Velasco and Taguig Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano.

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