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.
“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.