WATCH: Duterte meets with Sotto, Alvarez before SONA


Posted at Jul 23 2018 04:52 PM | Updated as of Jul 24 2019 12:14 PM

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President Duterte has arrived at the Batasang Pambansa ahead of his third State of the Nation Address Monday. 

Duterte met with Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Senate President Tito Sotto and other officials at the Speaker's lounge before his speech. It was not immediate apparent if Alvarez had been informed about the alleged vote by several congressmen to replace him as Speaker. 

Multiple sources earlier said former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was being pushed by the majority to replace Alvarez, who had been at odds with the President's daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.

Footage inside the House of Representatives showed Mrs. Arroyo taking her oath before the President's arrival. 

ANC, July 23, 2018