By Ellson Quismorio
Ruling party Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) will surely undergo a reorganization following the change in leadership Monday at the House of Representatives.
Davao City 1st district Rep. Karlo Nograles gave this assessment Tuesday, adding that he considered the party rigodon a “natural consequence” of the unprecedented events on the day of President Rodrigo Duterte’s third State of the Nation Address (SONA).
Nograles is himself a PDP-Laban stalwart, having joined the party in September 2017.
“Right now I’m still with PDP-Laban. Magkakaroon ng reorganization ang PDP-Laban, sigurado yun (PDP-Laban will undergo a reorganization, that’s for sure),” said the Davao congressman, who chairs the powerful House Appropriations Committee.
On Monday, nearly 200 House members including Nograles installed former president and incumbent Pampanga 2nd district Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as the new Speaker of the House, removing Davao del Norte 1st Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez from the position as a result.
Arroyo and Alvarez are both with PDP-Laban, but the latter holds a higher position within the party as its Secretary-General. At least for now.
“The reorganization of House leaders…coincidentally are also members of PDP-Laban. Then, obviously, the party will also have to undergo its own reorganization. That’s the natural consequence of what happened yesterday (Monday) and it’s happening today (Tuesday),” Nograles said.
President Duterte chairs PDP-Laban and is a close friend of Alvarez’s. It is believed that Alvarez’s ouster had much to do with his eldest daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.
A few months ago, Mayor Duterte-Carpio had a very public spat with Alvarez over local politics.
Earlier this month, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) granted the application of the lady mayor’s “Hugpong ng Pagbabago” to become a regional political party.
Apparently, hugpong has among its members’ political adversaries of Alvarez in Davao.