Sotto: Senate ready to work with Arroyo-led House

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 23 2018 11:41 AM

Senator Vicente Sotto III, Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. File/Composite

MANILA - The Senate is prepared to work with Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo if she is elected as the next House Speaker, the upper chamber's leader, Senator Vicente Sotto III said Monday.

Multiple ABS-CBN sources have claimed that Arroyo will replace House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez in a leadership change supposedly led by President Rodrigo Duterte's daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.

“Dapat sa pamamalakad sa gobyerno hindi personal... Dapat magkasundo (ang Senate at House) regardless who he or she is (Speaker),” Sotto told reporters.

(Governance should not be personal. The House and Senate should work together regardless of who is the Speaker.)

Duterte-Carpio had slammed Alvarez for allegedly calling her a part of the opposition when she formed a separate regional political party. Alvarez denied this, saying the mayor's new party was a "non-issue."

Sotto said he has not heard any rumor on looming leadership changes in the lower chamber.

Sotto said that under his leadership, the public can expect senators to work longer hours and even on Thursdays.

He added that he will not block calls for the Senate to investigate the Duterte administration's dealings with Beijing and its action over alleged Chinese intrusion in the West Philippine Sea.

Report from Sherrie Ann Torres, ABS-CBN News