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Stronger Du30-Marcos Alliance with CGMA as Speaker of the House – Can Some Senators Live with It?

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Some senators express their disagreement over CGMA’s recent take over as the new Speaker of the House replacing Cong. Pantaleon Alvarez in a coup d’etat manner. Senators Ping Lacson and Grace Poe are quite emotional about it. Lacson was in exile under the Arroyo administration when he became a prime suspect of a double-murder case. Poe is the adopted daughter of Arroyo’s rival, actor Fernando Poe, Jr. However, the accusations against the ex-lady leader were all not proven until now. She found an even stronger alliance after her ordeal in the prison cell for 5 long years. President Rodrigo Du30 still calls her the boss. Bongbong Marcos and his family also feel for Arroyo’s plight under the same enemies – the Aquino clan.






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[VIDEO]:  Naglabas ng kanilang saloobin ang karamihan sa mga senador sa pagkakatalaga kay dating Pangulo Gloria Arroyo at ang nakakalungkot ay karamihan sa kanila ay di gusto si Arroyo bilang bagong speaker.




The Dramatic Takeover that Shocked Senators

The sudden change in the leadership of the House of Representatives was not a coup d’état. House Deputy Speaker Fredenil Castro said the majority vote of congressmen in favor of former-president-now-Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo replacing Pantaleon Alvarez would “override” any supposed irregularity in the process. Castro was responding to Alvarez reportedly raising questions about the validity of the takeover since the audio and the mace symbolizing the Speaker’s authority were absent during Arroyo’s oath-taking.




Looking Back on How Much Marcos and Arroyo Endured Injustices

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[VIDEO]:  Imelda Marcos visits Gloria Arroyo

Former First Lady and now Congresswoman Imelda Marcos cannot hide her dismay when she visited CGMA in her prison cell while serving a verdict that was never made. There was no conviction whatsoever until now. Nonetheless, she was a threat to the interests of the Aquino administration. Cong. Marcos thinks that the treatment of former President Benigno Simeon Aquino III to Arroyo was just cruel. It was clearly an injustice, she said.

Marcos-Arroyo Endurance Under the Aquinos

The Marcoses and Arroyo have suffered a lot under the two Aquino regimes. Their lives revolved around trials that are unending. Nothing can pin them down due to lack of substantial evidence and yet, the Aquinos showed no signs of mercy or respect in the due process. They used their media influence to destroy the reputation of both political names.








Bongbong Marcos was CGMA’s Birthday Guest Speaker

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[VIDEO]: Former president and now Pampanga 2nd District Representative Gloria Arroyo celebrated her 70th birthday with several political VIPs. Among them, former Senator Bongbong Marcos

Bongbong Marcos swore during the birthday celebration of CGMA that he won’t stop working on his protest until all votes of his voters for Vice President are counted. He was also critical to VP Leni Robredo for being so unpatriotic. This was the time when she bad-mouthed the President’s war on drugs to the international audience during a UN side event.



CGMA Made the Du30-Marcos Stronger

As shown in the series of events, there’s no denying that CGMA’s takeover is vital to the Du30-Marcos alliance. There’s a Filipino anecdote that says; if you can’t do it through ethical means, do it quickly at the most possible method. Coup d’etat or not, the House’s leadership change is as fast as when the former Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno was ousted using SolGen Calida’s quo warranto petition. Is the VP post next?




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[VIDEO]: Presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte held a surprise press conference in Davao City, where he discussed several topics, ranging from former president Ferdinand Marcos’ burial in the Libingan ng mga Bayani and granting Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo pardon.

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SONA Sideline: CGMA Takes Over as House Speaker while SolGen Calida Grills Robredo

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By: Elena Grace Flores

The supermajority in the Congress votes for CGMA  as the new speaker of the house replacing Cong. Pantaleon Alvarez. This happens before and after the SONA of Philippine President Rodrigo Du30. The power struggle is not only evident in the lower house but also in all branches of the government. It is a puzzle to many that conflicts arise even among the supporters of Du30. However, a certain pattern is obvious. The pro-Marcos stalwarts in the current administration are at work. Take the case of SolGen Jose Calida’s stunt against the 25% notion of Vice President Leni Robredo which is favorable to Bongbong Marcos.






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[VIDEO]:  Sa ikatlong pagkakataon mula noong siya’y naupo sa puwesto, nagbigay ng kaniyang State of the Nation Address si Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte kanina. Pero tila naagawan ito ng atensyon ng biglaan at bulagaang pagpapatalsik kay Pantaleon Alvarez bilang Speaker of the House. Ang ipinalit sa kaniya, walang iba kundi ang dating Presidente Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Gayunman, si Alvarez pa rin ang nakaupo sa likuran ng pangulo habang ibinigay nito ang kaniyang SONA.




Coup d’etat at the SONA

Former President and now Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo vows to push for the legislative agenda of the Du30 administration in the House of Representatives after she was elected overall head of the chamber. “I am extremely honored to have been supported by my colleagues at the House of Representatives to be their new Speaker,” said Arroyo in a short statement. “I will endeavor to carry out the legislative agenda of President Rodrigo Duterte in the Lower House,” she said.




Dramatic Takeover

The SONA row was the culmination of months of speculation about a possible plan to oust Alvarez. Arroyo’s takeover took place in a muted affair. The audio was unceremoniously cut just when Deputy Speaker Rolando Andaya announced around 3:30 p.m. that a majority of the House, 161, had voted for the leadership change.

Alvarez’s Vested Interests

The ousted speaker becomes unpopular because of his firm stand in various issues. He even has a rift with the Presidential daughter after he calls her an opposition. Aside from being the line of succession for the VP post,  he is also a possible contender for Prime Minister if the Federalism change pushes through. These are taken by the loyalists as vested interests thus explaining his disagreement over the President’s alliance with the Marcoses. Cong. Alvarez earlier flaunts also his affair despite remaining legally married to his wife.









SolGen Calida as the President’s Implementor

Solicitor General Jose Calida is instrumental in the ouster of Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. He apparently leaves the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to defend itself in the ongoing vice presidential electoral protest. Though he files a manifestation backing the 50% ballot shading threshold that favors the interest of former senator Bongbong Marcos. The Office of the Solicitor General urges the Presidential Electoral Tribunal to junk Vice President Leni Robredo’s appeal to apply the 25 percent threshold. This is to determine the validity of votes in the ongoing vice presidential election recount.




The SolGen’s Legal Basis

The OSG said that in vice presidential elections, it is the PET that has “the sole authority to judge all contests” and the Comelec has no jurisdiction over the case. Calida cited Section 4, Article VII of the Constitution that provides that the PET has exclusive jurisdiction over election contests relating to the president or vice president. Vice President Leni Robredo’s lawyer Romulo Macalintal says Solicitor General Jose Calida’s ‘erroneous’ support of the 50% shading threshold would ‘erode the very foundation of our democracy’ by disenfranchising voters. They are questioning why Calida is siding Marcos.