Arroyo can keep House post until death penalty vote: Alvarez

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 13 2017 02:44 PM

MANILA - Deputy Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo can keep her post, at least until congressmen vote on a bill that seeks to restore the death penalty, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said Monday.

Arroyo, who abolished capital punishment when she was president, said she would abstain from voting on the measure, which is among President Rodrigo Duterte's priorities.

“Pagkatapos na po ng botohan, kasi mahirap pa naman kung pag-usapan natin ngayon, ay wala pa namang botohan. For all we know, baka mamaya bumoto naman talaga at sumuporta sa ating Pangulo," Alvarez said.

(Let's wait until after the voting. It's difficult to discuss now because there is no vote yet. For all we know, they might vote in favor and support the President.)

Alvarez said the House majority should support administration policies.