Did Pantaleon Alvarez’s daughter take House mace? Jess Diaz (The Philippine Star) - July 26, 2018 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — Where did the mace of the House of Representatives go amid the leadership infighting that delayed President Duterte’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday? Netizens are asking this question after a photograph of Paola Alvarez, daughter of ousted speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, holding the House mace in front of her father’s table at the Speaker’s office appeared in social media. The mace is the symbol of authority of the House of Representatives. It was not clear when and what time the photo was taken. The picture shows the younger Alvarez wearing a black terno. A House employee who saw her around 2 p.m. on Monday told The STAR that she was in casual attire for the SONA. Alvarez’s daughter, who is a lawyer, is an assistant secretary at the Department of Finance. … [Read more...] about Did Pantaleon Alvarez’s daughter take House mace?
Ousted Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez: 'Let’s move on' Delon Porcalla (The Philippine Star) - July 26, 2018 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — Ousted speaker Pantaleon Alvarez finally acknowledged yesterday his tragic loss to now Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in a tumultuous change of leadership in the House of Representatives, but remained vague on his support for President Duterte. “We cannot undo the past, but we can certainly shape our future. The House has chosen a new Speaker in the person of former president Arroyo. Alang-alang sa bayan (for the country), let us get back to work and move on,” said Alvarez, the representative of Davao del Norte. He didn’t confirm reports, however, that he is bent on forming a faction within the ruling PDP-Laban. There were rumors that his group, along with that of former House majority leader Rodolfo Fariñas, will leave the ruling super … [Read more...] about Ousted Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez: ‘Let’s move on’
‘Pantaleon Alvarez, allies seeking to be minority bloc’ Delon Porcalla (The Philippine Star) - July 25, 2018 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — The camp of ousted speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has reportedly sent feelers to the new leadership of the House of Representatives under Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo that they should now comprise the new opposition bloc in the chamber. Three independent sources told The STAR the Davao del Norte congressman and former House majority leader Rodolfo Fariñas of Ilocos Norte, along with their handful of allies, want to be the House’s official minority bloc, replacing that led by incumbent Minority Leader Danilo Suarez. Fariñas, however, was silent yesterday, save for a Viber post he gave to reporters. “Hope springs eternal! I lost my father, brother, wife, son and nephew. Hope has been the thing that has kept me going and … [Read more...] about ‘Pantaleon Alvarez, allies seeking to be minority bloc’
SONA Highlights • No term extension for Duterte; public support seen for federalism • TRAIN to continue • Rice prices to go down by P7 per kilo; hoarders to face economic sabotage raps • Corruption must stop… justice will catch up with those who steal • Bangsamoro Organic Law signed in 48 hours • Government to protect interests in West Philippine Sea • Third telco to be opened to all groups, local and foreign MANILA, Philippines — As the nation waited for President Duterte to deliver his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) yesterday, a power play broke out at the House of Representatives and ended with Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez losing his seat to Pampanga congresswoman and former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. For nearly an hour, the two House members were claiming the speakership until President Duterte broke the impasse minutes before he delivered his third SONA. This meant Alvarez was allowed to perform his last official … [Read more...] about Pantaleon Alvarez ousted; Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is House Speaker
Pantaleon Alvarez: Terms extended with ‘no-elections’ Delon Porcalla (The Philippine Star) - July 19, 2018 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — Scrapping the 2019 midterm elections and keeping incumbent officials like him in position – at least until 2022 – can guarantee an uninterrupted push for federalism, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said yesterday. “Ang proposal nga namin diyan, huwag nang ganyan, i-extend mo na lang (Our proposal is, there’s no other way to do it, just extend),” he said in an interview with dzMM, referring to the term of incumbent officials. The Davao del Norte congressman said they would not want a repeat of the transition government in the post-Marcos era, during which then president Corazon Aquino replaced officials allied with the dictator and appointed new ones. “Huwag na mag-appoint ng bago (Don’t appoint new ones),” Alvarez insisted, saying … [Read more...] about Pantaleon Alvarez: Terms extended with ‘no-elections’