Speaker busses Arroyo, a day after death penalty vote

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 08 2017 07:51 PM

Passes on to Fariñas the task of axing anti-death penalty solons

MANILA - The day after the vote on the death penalty bill, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez bussed Deputy Speaker and former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo when they were almost seated together at a forum on Federalism and Charter Change at the House of Representatives.

Alvarez had just finished a speech opening the event when he exchanged pleasantries with his former boss. The Speaker served as transportation secretary during the Arroyo administration.

Arroyo was among the 54 who voted against the bill reviving the death penalty, an administration priority measure.

Alvarez had said that those who will vote against the bill will be stripped of their House leadership positions.

However, Alvarez confirmed there won't be changes in the leadership yet, as he delegated the task to Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas.

"Nasasa kaniya na yun kung papaano niya gagawin. Hindi siguro kasi malinaw yung policy. Not today, depende sa majority leader kung paano,” Alvarez told reporters.

“Any policy na gusto natin pa-implement, dapat idaan natin sa kaniya." 

Alvarez said there will definitely changes though. In the meantime, he expects work in the lower chamber to continue as usual.

Alvarez said this was among matters he discussed with President Rodrigo Duterte last night. He said, the president did not interfere with his decision.