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No Cabinet post for Gloria

Updated

By Roy C. Mabasa

President Rodrigo Duterte said he has no plans to appoint former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in his Cabinet following her ouster as House deputy speaker.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gets a warm welcome from supporters upon his arrival at the Horizon Lake View Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar on March 19, 2017 for a meeting with the Filipino community. (Credits: Rene Lumawag | Presidential Photo | Manila Bulletin)

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gets a warm welcome from supporters upon his arrival at the Horizon Lake View Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar on March 19, 2017  (Credits: Rene Lumawag | Presidential Photo | Manila Bulletin)

“No,” was Duterte’s quick reply when asked by reporters in an interview at the Horizon Lake View Hotel Lobby in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar following his meeting with the Filipino community Sunday night (March 19). “I don’t think she will accept it.”

“She cannot be working under a President when she was already a president,” the President said.

“That will be quite a tall order for her to do that. But representing the people of the district of her own province would be somehow acceptable to even everybody.” Duterte added.

Rep. Macapagal-Arroyo was removed as deputy speaker following her “no” vote on the death penalty bill.

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez earlier said that he will strip the leadership titles of lawmakers who did not vote in favor of the controversial death penalty bill.

House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas moved to declare vacant the position of deputy speaker for Central Luzon last March 15, the last session day before the 17th Congress takes a break for the Lenten season.

No one among the 239 lawmakers present objected to Fariñas’ motion.

Eleven legislators were also removed as committee chairpersons.

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  • Civil_Rights

    How about cabinet post for Bongbong Marcos the clan of corrupt and tyrrant? Filipinos are aware why and how DuDirty approved the burial of dictator Marcos in heroes cemetery. The Marcoses at least donated at least P75 Million in his political campaign and admitted being rabid fans of F….k Marcos as dictator and fascinated with martial law strategy.

  • maverich

    “Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez earlier said that he will strip the leadership titles of lawmakers who did not vote in favor of the controversial death penalty bill.”

    – never been this way, even in martial law days. gov’t is now controlled by gang-thinking individuals. and they say, we enjoys democracy in the Philippines.