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Deputy Speaker Arroyo

For the first time as Congress member, former President now Pampanga Rep. Gloria M. Arroyo will occupy a leadership post as deputy speaker of the House of Representatives.

“I’m deputy speaker,” Arroyo told reporters during an ambush interview at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City where she donated hemodialysis machines. She added: “I would presume that nobody would object.”

Arroyo will occupy one of the seven new deputy speakership posts which were created as a preview of the proposed territories that states will occupy when the federal system is put in place under a planned Charter Change.

Released recently from hospital arrest after the Supreme Court threw out plunder charges against her, Arroyo said she is supportive of the Duterte government’s bid to amend the 1987 Constitution.

“I filed a resolution for Con Ass,” she said, referring to the House leadership’s preference for Constituent Assembly as the manner by which the Charter will be revised. (Ben R. Rosario)

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