'Alang-alang sa bayan': Ousted Alvarez recognizes Arroyo as new Speaker


Posted at Jul 25 2018 05:37 PM | Updated as of Jul 25 2018 06:00 PM

Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez and newly installed House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News/Composite

MANILA (UPDATE) - Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez on Wednesday finally broke his silence on his ouster as House Speaker, recognizing former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as the new leader of the House of Representatives.

Alvarez released the statement following a meeting with Arroyo on Wednesday morning. 

"We cannot undo the past, but we can certainly shape our future. The House of Representatives has chosen a new Speaker in the person of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo," he said.

"Alang-alang sa bayan (for the sake of the country), let us go back to work and move on," he added.

Arroyo, through Pampanga 3rd District Rep. Aurelio "Dong" Gonzales Jr., had earlier offered to switch offices with Alvarez.

The 71-year-old Arroyo was sworn in as the country's first female House Speaker late Monday, following a power tussle with Alvarez that eclipsed President Rodrigo Duterte's third State of the Nation Address.

Amid shouting, the House of Representatives on Wednesday adopted a resolution entering into the record the July 23 proceedings that elected Arroyo as House Speaker. 

Arroyo, who is on her third and last term as Pampanga representative, is the first former president named House Speaker. 

Lawmakers had expressed discontent over Alvarez's leadership, citing his call to forego the 2019 midterm elections, among others. 

The President's daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, was also known to have made calls to lawmakers to remove Alvarez from the chamber's helm. 

She and the Davao lawmaker earlier figured in a spat over the mayor's establishment of a local political party. 

-with a report from RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News