PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has apologized anew to Davao del Norte Representative Pantaleon Alvarez months after the latter was removed as Speaker of the House of Representatives.
House members in July last year ousted Alvarez from the speakership a few months after Duterte’s daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio called him out for supposedly bragging that he could oust even Duterte in his capacity as House leader.
Alvarez, who was replaced by former President and incumbent Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, denied making such a statement.
Inday Sara had also slammed Alvarez for calling her a part of the opposition after she formed regional party Hugpong ng Pagbabago, which has coalition agreements with several local and national parties for the May midterm elections.
“Alam mo kaibigan talaga kami ni speaker noon pa. So I am very sorry that it had to happen but si Inday [Sara] ang…Hindi ko rin kaya sa totoo lang,” the President said in a speech at the proclamation rally of PDP-Laban party senatorial candidates in San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan.
Duterte said in October that it was Sara who “maneuvered” Alvarez’s ouster.
Separate from his feud with Sara, Alvarez had been consistent in his hardline stance that did not earn him allies, including the instance when he punished House leaders who did not vote in favor of the death penalty bill for drug-related crimes by stripping them of their committee chairmanships and deputy speaker posts.
Arroyo was one of those who lost their posts as a result of their stand on the matter.