Roque says Alvarez an 'ally' despite feud with Sara Duterte


Posted at Feb 24 2018 04:08 PM | Updated as of Feb 24 2018 04:10 PM

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. File photo

MANILA - House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez remains an ally of the Duterte administration despite his tiff with Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, a Palace official said Saturday.
Asked whether or not the squabble between Alvarez and President Rodrigo Duterte's daughter will have an impact on the administration, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said: "No. Speaker is our ally."

Duterte-Carpio had dropped expletives at Alvarez in a series of social media posts Thursday, livid for allegedly calling her part of the opposition because she decided to form a separate regional political party.

The House Speaker has refused to respond to the Davao City mayor's remarks.

"No comment na ako d'yan (I won't comment). Surrender," Alvarez told reporters in Butuan City on Friday.

Duterte-Carpio, along with 4 governors from Davao, on Friday launched Hugpong ng Pagbabago, a regional party separate from the ruling PDP-Laban, of which her father and Alvarez are stalwarts.

Duterte-Carpio said she does not see any conflict between her group and PDP-Laban since it is only applying as a regional political party.

Alvarez also earlier said Duterte-Carpio's decision to form another political party was a "non-issue."

The President said Thursday he would not intervene in the feud, noting that both were lawyers.