What really happened behind closed doors: The Arroyo-Alvarez standoff minutes before SONA - The Daily Sentry

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What really happened behind closed doors: The Arroyo-Alvarez standoff minutes before SONA



Former House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and the new House Speaker Gloria Arroyo, photo from CNN Philippines
Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) social media strategist, lawyer, and staunch Duterte supporter Atty. Trixie Angeles narrated what happened inside the Batasang Pambansa moments before Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’ State of the Nation Address (SONA).

In a Facebook post, Atty. Angeles took the liberty to share her thoughts about the controversial take over of power at the lower chamber.


“The back stories of the House coup d'etat are coming out and they paint a curious picture of the personalities involved”, she started.

Later, the pro-Duterte lawyer would go on telling the story she know regarding the pre-SONA coup d'é·tat.

"Duterte and party watched on a monitor as Arroyo tried to take over the Senate rostrum", Atty. Angeles said, quoting the story she heard.

Disappointed, the Mindanaoan president even told his Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea to tell the Arroyo camp to settle the fuss.

"Ayusin natin ito. Wag nilang gawin ito", the president who is set to deliver his SONA speech allegedly said.

According to her, it was Pres. Duterte's Executive Secretary and Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri who went to the House floor and informed the Arroyo camp, as instructed by the president.

Supposedly, the elected House Speaker retaliated that she will inform my colleagues.

The commotion made the President want to speak to the Arroyo herself, thus asked her to come to him, the lawyer wrote.

That is when Arroyo went to the President in the holding room to speak with him, she continued.

On that note, when the former-Pampanga-representative-turned-House-Speaker left, the Senate President Tito Sotto asked President Duterte about their exchange. To that, the president said she will iron things out.

Minutes later, when the dilemma still had not been resolved, Pres. Duterte allegedly told the former president Gloria Arroyo that he will walk out had it not been fixed.

This was allegedly caused by Arroyo and Alvarez not speaking to each other.

As such, the senate president told Pres. Duterte that, "Pag nag walk-out kayo, eh kasunod kami."

However, the Majority Floor Leader Rodolfo Farias told the tough-talking ex-Mayor that he could not walk out as the constitution mandates him to deliver a SONA.

Said act led to Arroyo not insisting on sitting as a Speaker, and allowed Alvarez to do so.

Prior closing, the lawyer who currently works under PCOO expressed her point of view.

My take? Congress (both camps) upset the president with their petty intramurals. If it was merely the delay that angered the President, he may get over it quickly. If not, expect more surprises soon, as Rodrigo Duterte may remind the lower House, that they can cut out playing power games, wag nilang ubusin ang pasensya nya.

PS, dont forget he was already inis over what he discovered about Gina Lopez' non-confirmation and the role played by the congressmen in the Commission on Appointments.


Complete version of Atty. Trixie Angeles detailed and interesting Facebook post is below:

The back stories of the House coup d'etat are coming out and they paint a curious picture of the personalities involved.

According to the story, Duterte and party watched on a monitor as Arroyo tried to take over the Senate rostrum. Duterte allegedly told Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea to tell the Arroyo group, "Ayusin natin ito. Wag nilang gawin ito."
Senate President Tito Sotto III with the new and former House Speaker, photo from ABS-CBN
Medialdea accompanied by Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri then went to the House floor and informed the Arroyo camp. Arroyo is supposed to have who told them, "I will inform my colleagues." Later, the President asked to speak to Arroyo herself.

Arroyo went to the President in the holding room and they spoke. After she had left, Senate President Tito Sotto asked President Duterte what they talked about and he said, she said, "aayusin daw nya"

When the impasse had still not been resolved, (for how could it? Arroyo and Alvarez were not speaking to each other~TCA) the president then ordered Medialdea to tell Arroyo, that he would walk out if they did not resolve it.

Sotto told the President that, "Pag nag walk-out kayo, eh kasunod kami." But Majority Floor Leader Rodolfo Farias told the president that he could not walk out of his constitutional mandate to deliver a SONA.

However, the threat of Duterte's walk out led Arroyo to not insist on sitting as Speaker, and allowed Alvarez to do so.

(story is here: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/…/breaking-news-rodrigo-dutert…)

Other media confirm the story, with others saying that tempers were flaring all over the place with the Arroyo camp complaining about Duterte speaking with Alvarez, "He is no longer Speaker. Why is he inside?"

If this story is true, this paints a different dynamic of the Arroyo-Duterte relationship. It is clear that although Duterte may have been aware of what was going to go down, this drama was not expected. Furthermore, it shows that he had little involvement in it until that day.


Arroyo played brinksmanship, insisting on a take over prior to the president's speech. And for this delay, she earned a threat from the president.

A cursory examination of the headlines does not show a congratulatory message from the President. Only Sara Duterte says it. The Palace statement merely notes that it can work can work with Arroyo.

Arroyo meanwhile states simply that she vows to pursue the Palace's agenda.

My take? Congress (both camps) upset the president with their petty intramurals. If it was merely the delay that angered the President, he may get over it quickly. If not, expect more surprises soon, as Rodrigo Duterte may remind the lower House, that they can cut out playing power games, wag nilang ubusin ang pasensya nya.

PS, dont forget he was already inis over what he discovered about Gina Lopez' non-confirmation and the role played by the congressmen in the Commission on Appointments.
Atty. Trixie Angeles, photo from radyolaverdad.com
Source: Luminous by Trixie Cruz-Angeles and Ahmed Paglinawan