Sara nixes Alvarez as Speaker in 18th Congress

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 28 2019 12:29 PM | Updated as of Feb 28 2019 01:16 PM

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on Thursday shot down the possibility of Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez assuming once again the role of House Speaker in the upcoming 18th Congress.

In an interview, Duterte-Carpio said someone who had failed at the helm of the House should not be given the post again. Alvarez is a staunch ally of her father, President Rodrigo Duterte.

"Siguro 'yung nasubukan na at di naging successful, 'wag na siguro," Duterte-Carpio said in an ambush interview after a Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) rally. The mayor is the chairman of the regional party HNP.

Duterte-Carpio was said to be instrumental in the ouster of Alvarez last July 2018, and in the installation of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as head of the lower house.

Arroyo became the country's first female House Speaker following a power tussle with Alvarez that eclipsed President Rodrigo Duterte's third State of the Nation Address.

However, Duterte-Carpio insisted she has "no role" in the speakership race saying she is only a "bystander."

"Sa Congress naman bystander lang ako, I am mayor of Davao City I am not interested sa kung ano 'yung nangyayari sa Kongreso."