Presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio is mum on her alleged involvement in the ouster of Davao del Norte 1st District Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez as House Speaker.
When asked of her role in the Alvarez ouster plot, Mayor Carpio simply replied “no comment”.
The Davao City Information Office however released a statement of Mayor Carpio congratulating House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo saying that “SPGMA is a strong leader” on Tuesday.
Some lawmakers however confirmed receiving a call from Mayor Carpio Sunday evening thru Rep. Prospero Pichay.
The mayor allegedly asked congressmen for their support on Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as the new House Speaker.
As early as Monday morning, July 23, around 200 congressmen reportedly expressed their support on Rep. Arroyo.
The plot was however stalled after Cebu Rep. Gwendolyn Garcia, an ally of then Speaker Alvarez, unceremoniously adjourned Monday’s morning session to resume at four in the afternoon for the Sona.
Despite protest from other members of the House, Rep. Garcia hurriedly left the plenary hall shortly after 12 noon.
The majority instead made a manifesto declaring their support on Rep. Arroyo for the speakership.
Past three in the afternoon, Rep. Rolando Andaya Jr. read the manifesto of support for Rep. Arroyo but the audio system in the plenary hall was turned off.
This did not stop the majority though, who went on with their effort to unseat Alvarez and install Arroyo for the top post. The majority declared the speakership vacant and nominated Arroyo for the position.
A nominal voting was conducted with majority of the 161 present inside the plenary hall voting in favor of Arroyo. The majority then declared Rep. Arroyo as the new House Speaker.
All these were happening while ousted Speaker Alvarez was outside the plenary hall waiting for the arrival of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Upon arrival, President Duterte was welcomed by Senate President Vicente Sotto III and desposed Speaker Alvarez. All the while, newly-installed Speaker Arroyo was watching the development from inside the plenary.
Duterte and the rest of the welcoming officials stayed at the holding room. A few minutes later, Speaker Arroyo was summoned by President Duterte to discuss the coup de etat in the House.
The President reportedly met with Alvarez and Arroyo separately to find solution to the problem at hand. This delayed the start of the President’s Sona by more than an hour.
According to inside sources, Speaker Arroyo relented for Speaker Alavarez to perform his duties in the Sona and will only assume the leadership after the Sona.
Speaker Alvarez allegedly vowed to step down as well the following day.
After the Sona and the President has left the plenary hall, majority of the House members called for a session with 244 in attendance.
The session was again sabotaged as the House mace was missing and the audio system again turned off.
This still did not deter the resolve of the majority to again cast their votes and elect Rep. Arroyo as the new House Speaker with 184 voting in favor.
The audio system was finally turned back on and the mace was recovered thereby making the election as official and the installation of the new House Speaker legal.
Speaker Arroyo was sworn in for the second time around and assumed her post as the new Speaker of the House.