By: Elena Grace Flores
It has yet to be confirmed by the Duterte administration under the speakership of Pantaleon Alvarez that Pampanga 2nd District Representative Gloria Arroyo will be representing Central Luzon under a new deputy speakership in Congress following the Federalism format. If that is the case, she will become one of the leaders of the 17th congress.
When Arroyo was asked about the rumor, she replied: "We had a lunch together and then [Bulacan 4th District Representative Linabelle] Villarica, she told her fellow members, 'We would like our former president to represent us as a deputy speaker.' They clapped their hands. Approve, approve, that's how it goes," said Arroyo.
Fariñas divulged a plan in increasing the number of House deputy speakers from 5 to 12 in preparation for federalism. One deputy speaker for each of the 12 federal regions.The needs of their respective regions in relation to Charter Change will be carried out by them in case of the speakership's incapacity as ordered.
Arroyo appointees in the past have gained vita posts at the House, among them Alvarez, House Deputy Speaker Miro Quimbo, and Minority Leader Danilo Suarez. She's definitely back to the political limelight.