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No ouster plot vs House chief

A senior administration congressman yesterday warned his colleagues against being distracted by the rumor of an ouster plot against House Speaker Pantaleon D. Alvarez, saying that this was clearly the result of the House official’s undaunted position on various legislative issues, including the ongoing impeachment of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno.

Ten members of the Liberal Party – including key faces – have made the switch to the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan chaired by incoming president Rodrigo R. Duterte a few weeks before the start of the 17th Congress.

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A four-cornered fight for speakership looms in the 17th Congress following the landslide victory of Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in Monday’s presidential election.

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The National Unity Party (NUP) composed of a group of congressmen who broke off with the Lakas-Kampi-CMD has been formally accredited as a national political party and is now getting ready to field candidates in the forthcoming senatorial and presidential elections.

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