Rodolfo Fariñas: Arroyo didn’t want to be Speaker in March
Ilocos Norte 1st District Representative Rodolfo Fariñas on July 31 said President Rodrigo Duterte was surprised lawmakers wanted to oust his close ally, former Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, from his post.
The Ilocos Norte politiko said he met with Duterte after several lawmakers brought up the idea of replacing Alvarez last March.
“And then, nag-meet nga kami kay Presidente after that. Kami lang 3 and I told the President about that. So sabi ni Presidente, ‘O bakit? Wala naman kaming problema ni Bebot,’” Fariñas said.
He said the President, during the birthday party of Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco last April, asked Pampanga 2nd District Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo if she wanted to be Speaker.
Fariñas said Arroyo denied wanting the post at that time.
But three months later, Alvarez was finally ousted and replaced by Arroyo as Speaker.
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