LP to pit Belmonte vs Arroyo for Speaker
Posted by akosistella on May 14, 2010
MANILA, Philippines—Despite a sprinkling of election losses by her congressional allies, the numbers are trickling in for possibly the speakership for outgoing President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who has made history as the first Philippine President to get elected to a seat in the House of Representatives.
Two trusted allies—a brother-in-law and the former head of an agency whom she wouldn’t remove amid charges of corruption—have sounded the call for Ms Arroyo to run for Speaker, the fourth highest position in the land.
Ignacio Arroyo, reelected representative of the fifth district of Negros Occidental and brother of Ms Arroyo’s husband Jose Miguel, said he believed Ms Arroyo had the numbers to carry her to the speakership.
Zubiri to Noynoy: Consolidate your force in House or risk ouster threats
Leading presidential candidate Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III must consolidate his forces in the House of Representatives as a “key” step if he is proclaimed as the country’s 15th President, a colleague advised Thursday.
Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri said it would be detrimental for Aquino to lose his grip on the Lower House.
“It’s key for the president to be able to control the House because the impeachment exercise emanates from it. If he is not able to control the House, delikado po yung magiging Pangulo sa mga impeachment complaint (the incoming President faces the danger of impeachment complaints),” he told reporters.
Via GMA News.TV