Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez admitted that shifting to a federal form of government is not a “magic pill” for all the problems of the Philippines, but insisted that it can definitely bring about the reforms that the country needs.
Some leaders of the House of Representatives have come to the defense of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez after Social Weather Stations and Pulse Asia each released surveys showing he is the least popular among the country’s top officials.
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said Commission on Elections chairman Andy Bautista may still be impeached if one-third of the 293 members of the House reject the committee on justice’s report and resolution dismissing the impeachment case against him.
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said he wants to look at the questions asked by Social Weather Stations to the respondents in its latest survey indicating declines in President Rodrigo Duterte’s trust and satisfaction rating.
A majority of Filipino migrant workers who attended a consultation with House leaders at the office of the Philippine consulate general in Hong Kong expressed support for bills allowing dissolution of marriage.
Addressing his fellow lawmakers in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, House of Representatives Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said ASEAN members should work together to solve violent extremism, territorial disputes, and human and drug trafficking.
House of Representatives Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez described Commission on Human Rights chairman Chito Gascon as too arrogant for refusing to resign his post following the House move to give the agency only a P1,000 budget for 2018.
House of Representatives committee on appropriations chairman Rep. Karlo Nograles, who sponsored the Office of the President’s proposed P6 billion budget for 2018, said suspended chairman Jose Vicente Salazar of the Energy Regulatory Commission remained under investigation by the OP.
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez warned the Office of the President that its proposed P6 billion budget for 2018 will not be approved unless Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea can explain delays in the processing of important documents sent to his office.
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said he supports calls to investigate President Rodrigo Duterte’s claim that the killings of teenage boys Kian delos Santos, Carl Arnaiz and Reynaldo De Guzman are meant to “sabotage” the war on drugs.
The minority bloc in the House of Representatives on Wednesday opposed the proposal of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez to abolish the controversial Road Board, reiterating that it carries out functions “that are beneficial to the motoring public.”
The House of Representatives may tackle the impeachment complaint filed against Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno than the one against Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Andres Bautista, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has confirmed.
House of Representatives Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said the Marcos family should first make it clear if they are serious in returning the Marcos loot before Congress makes a law authorizing President Rodrigo Duterte to enter into negotiations.
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