The third State of the Nation Address hasn’t even started but everyone’s already shaken up by what happened in the House of Representatives. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez was ousted by his colleagues and Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo took his place.
It apparently happened so suddenly as the media witnessed Arroyo go up the rostrum. According to Inquirer.net, her microphone was turned off as she was taking an oath. Meanwhile, Alvarez met Pres. Duterte when he arrived at the House. Sources said that he was “surprised” that 186 members of Congress voted to oust him and that he was being replaced.
Alvarez was "surpised". Sources said. #SONA2018 | @denmacaranas @dzIQ990
Inquirer obtained a copy of the “voting sheet” used, showing those who abstained, and it was only written on a piece of paper. It wasn’t even printed, just handwritten and looked like it was ripped from somewhere.
This fiasco with Arroyo and Alvarez raised questions as to who will sit on the right side of Duterte. This is also why the SONA was delayed for an hour as the three met in private to talk about what happened. As of writing, Alvarez remains House speaker for now.
It appears Alvarez remains Speaker for now. He takes the Speaker’s seat, now with Senate President Sotto #SONA2018 | @deejayapINQ