TAGUM CITY - Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez on Thursday admitted that he was hurt after he was ousted as House speaker in a dramatic turn of events on Monday.
“Masakitan ta kay tao lang man ta. But the pain lasted only for one day. Pag tan aw nako sa reaksyon sa katawhan sa tibuok Pilipinas, nawala dayon ang kasakit,” Alvarez said in a speech at the mass oath-taking of newly elected local officials in Tagum City.
(I was hurt because I’m just a person. But the pain lasted only for a day. When I saw the reaction of the people, I felt better.)
Alvarez was replaced by Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who took her oath as House speaker before Duterte arrived at the Batasan Pambansa for his third State of the Nation Address (SONA).
While this was happening, Alvarez welcomed Duterte at the Batasan Pambansa.
Arroyo's election as the new House speaker was formalized only on Monday night.
In an interview, Alvarez said that he respects the decision of the majority of lawmakers.
“Sa akua, okay raman. Kay nahitabo mana noh. Nagkahiusa man ang mga miyembro nga ilisan ko. So I respect the will of the majority," he said.
(For me, it’s fine. It happened. The members have decided to replace me. So I respect the will of the majority.)
“Well siyempre sa umpisa, plastik naman ako, impokrito ako kung sabihin ko, hindi ako nasaktan. Pero gaya ng sinabi ko kanina isang araw lang yun,” he added.
(Well, of course at first I was plastic, I would be a hypocrite if I said I wasn't hurt. But like I said earlier, that was only for one day.)
Alvarez said he discussed the leadership turn-over with Arroyo when they met Wednesday.
“Wala naman. Yung smooth transition lang para hindi na magkagulo,” he said.
(Nothing, we discussed the smooth transition to avoid trouble.)
Alvarez said he will run for Davao del Norte District congressman again.
“Naay nangutana kung mudagan ba daw kog senador, ingon ko nisaad ko sa akong distrito na magdagan kog pagka-Congressman," Alvarez said.
(Someone asked me if I’ll be running as senator. I said I promised to my district, I will run as a congressman.)