Arroyo meets Alvarez following House coup

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 25 2018 12:48 PM

New House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo speaks with her predecessor, Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez. Photo courtesy of Pampanga 3rd District Rep. Aurelio "Dong" Gonzales Jr.

MANILA- New House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo met with her predecessor, Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez on Wednesday, two days after she took leadership of the House of Representatives.

Arroyo went to Alvarez's office on Tuesday morning after the latter expressed interest to visit the new House leader in her office, Pampanga 3rd District Rep. Aurelio "Dong" Gonzales Jr. said.

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

Alvarez was supposed to be ousted during the opening session on Monday morning, but his allies abruptly adjourned the House session to stop other members from raising a motion to declare the Speaker’s post vacant.

Arroyo took oath as House Speaker minutes before Duterte arrived at the Batasan Pambansa for his SONA, triggering chaos at the lower chamber. While this was happening, Alvarez, in his capacity as Speaker, welcomed Duterte at the Batasan Pambansa. 

Gonzales added that Arroyo offered to trade offices with Alvarez.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque earlier revealed that “tempers flared” as Duterte tried to fix the leadership row at the House of Representatives that delayed his SONA by an hour.

But during the President's SONA, it was Alvarez who sat at the plenary hall rostrum.

Arroyo's election as the new House Speaker was only formalized on Monday night after Duterte's SONA.

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

- report from RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News