Fight over House Speaker seat shows ‘cracks’ within Duterte admin

Published July 23, 2018, 9:03 PM

by Roel Tibay

By Betheena Kae Unite

The unprecented coup against the Speaker of the House is a clear representation of “cracks” inside the Duterte administration, Senator Antonio Trillanes described Monday night.

MB File — Senator Antonio Trillanes III gestures during a session at the Session Hall at Senate of the Philippines in Pasay City. (JOHN JEROME GANZON/Manila Bulletin)
Senator Antonio Trillanes
(JOHN JEROME GANZON/Manila Bulletin File Photo)

Trillanes described what happened at the House of Representatives before President Duterte delivered his State of teh Nation Address as fight over power, saying, “the spectacle is an ultimate manifestation of the factionalism of the Duterte administration.”

“Dati ugung-ugong lang ‘yan pero talagang dito hindi na makapagigil at nag-aagawan na ng puder. Kumbaga, buhay pa ‘yung bangkay ay hinuhubaran na (Before it was just a rumor but this time they can no longer resist to figt over position),” Trillanes said.

The senator said the “cracks in the administration” is now being uncovered “resulting to ignoring the problems faced by every Filipino.”

He said key issues on price hike of goods, on the West Philippine Sea, and extra judicial killings have been forgotten.

Plot to oust

Trillanes believes that the ouster of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and “installment” of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to the post “was influenced either by the president or someone close to him.”

“Meron po tayong ganoon na nakukuhang impormasyon at dito lang natin nakikita na hindi totoo ‘yung sinasabi nila na may independence ang lehislatura (We have that kind of information and here we can see that their claims on independency of the legislature is not true),” the senator said.

“Alam naman natin na ang bawat galaw o pagpalit ng lideratura sa House of Representatives ay merong basbas ‘yan ng Malacanang. Kung hindi man ang presidente ay isang malapit sa presidente(We already know that a change or any movement on the leadership of the House of Representatives has a blessing from Malacanang. If not the president, it is someone close to him),” he added.