'Gone in 24 hours': Alvarez says pain over ouster short-lived

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 02 2018 03:18 PM | Updated as of Aug 02 2018 04:35 PM

MANILA - Davao Del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez on Thursday said was over the pain from his removal as leader of the House of Representatives.

Alvarez was ousted as House Speaker last week after former President and Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo secured the support of 184 congressmen.

"Okay naman ako. Sinabi ko nga, ako, the pain lasted for only 24 hours. After that, wala na (it's gone)," Alvarez said in his first chance interview with reporters since his removal as speaker.

(I'm okay. Like I said, the pain lasted for only 24 hours. After that, it's gone.)
 
"I’m good. Tahimik nakakatulog nang maayos (I've been sleeping soundly)," he added, saying he has had time to rest. 

TIES WITH DUTERTE

Alvarez said nothing changed in his relationship with President Rodrigo Duterte, whose daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, allegedly backed Arroyo's rise as Speaker. 

Duterte-Carpio lashed out at Alvarez earlier this year after he supposedly called her a part of the opposition when she formed a regional political party. 

 Alvarez denied the mayor's accusation. 

FACING ARROYO 

Alvarez said he told Arroyo that he wanted a smooth transition of power when they met last week. He said he would focus on his congressional district. 

Alvarez is facing calls from some PDP members to step down as the party's secretary general as others eyed giving Arroyo a position in the group.

-- Report from RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News