FORMER President now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is not attracted by the Speaker’s chair.
“Not interested. Not interested,” was Arroyo’s simple reply when asked by the media about the looming change of leadership in the House of Representatives.
Arroyo instead vowed to support the leadership of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.
“Let’s just support (Avarez),” Arroyo said, an indication that she will remain in the supermajority despite her having been stripped of her committee post.
During the last day of session in March, the House leadership declared vacant Arroyo’s position as Deputy Speaker for Central Luzon for opposing the death penalty.
Arroyo is among the 59 solons who voted no to the revival of capital punishment by death.
Talk of her taking over as Speaker swirled when Alvarez and close friend Davao del Norte Rep. Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo started quarreling.
Alvarez accused Floirendo of using his influence to benefit his banana plantation business in Davao.
He filed a resolution calling for an investigation into the allegedly anomalous contract between Floirendo’s company TADECO and the Bureau of Corrections.
Reports said that it was Floirendo who was convincing Arroyo to challenge Alvarez.
Both Floirendo and Arroyo denied the story.