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Oust-Edcel Lagman plot fails


MANILA, Philippines—House Minority Leader Edcel Lagman on Sunday said a plot by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to oust him has failed after only six of the 29 minority bloc members attended a caucus called by Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez at Manila Golf and Country Club.

But Suarez shrugged off Lagman’s claim, saying the battle was not over. He said he would call another caucus shortly before Congress resumes sessions on Monday.

Suarez needs at least 15 signatures to seize the leadership of the minority.

“The minority bloc in the House of Representatives could avoid a divisive confrontation on Monday by the simple expedient of Rep. Danilo Suarez producing an absolute majority of 15 opposition members endorsing him,” said Lagman in a statement shortly after getting wind of the low caucus turnout.

Suarez said only eight (not six, as Lagman reported) lawmakers attended Sunday’s caucus because many minority members were still in their provinces and would be returning only on Monday.

He said he was still optimistic he could gather the signatures of 19 minority members. He claimed Arroyo also supported his stand that the term-sharing agreement be respected.

But Lagman pointed out that unlike Suarez, he had a resolution entitled “To Maintain Rep. Edcel C. Lagman as Minority Leader” signed by an “absolute majority” of the minority bloc.

“There is no term-sharing agreement for the minority leadership because none was forged,” said Lagman.

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Tags: Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo , House Minority Leader Rep. Edcel Lagman , Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez

  • jclarendo

    Edcel Lagman alias Bicol Boy dai ka magpadaog kaining bataan ni GMA  na Estella Suarez silihan mo ngani para mangataranta ang gabos na maka gloria. Tira MANOY EDCEL dai ka magpara luya-luya ang bicol man always forward no backward. Tabang kami saimo na mga bicolano digdi sa Chicago!!!!!!!!!

  • brunogiordano

    ”But Suarez shrugged off Lagman’s claim, saying the battle was not over.”

    ayos!!! ituloy ninyo ang inyong PAG-AAWAY.

    hayaan na lang ninyong makulong si GLORIA ng habang buhay at ma-impeach si CORONA sa madaling panahon at ituloy na lang ninyo inyong PAG-AAWAY.

    LAGMAN, kami na ang bahala sa RH bill mo. papasa din iyong kahit busy ka sa AWAY ninyo.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2JVSEXTMANAEZGLOSZGWJYW67Q Jess

    oo, nga, talagang dapat palitan na yan si Lagman. at last, giginhawa rin ang madla.

  • http://twitter.com/Highspeed_blue Highspeed Blue

    tuloy ang away ng mga kawatang tuta ni GMA….. hahahaha

  • http://twitter.com/Highspeed_blue Highspeed Blue

    bakit 29 na lang ang natitirang tuta ni GMA dati ang dami nila, aha nag pa ampon na kay Pnoy…mga tutang balimbing!!!…ingat kayo matinding kumagat ang mga yan!

  • http://pedestrianobserver.blogspot.com/ Political Jaywalker

    Suarez says it was 8 not just 6 that Edcel claim went to his caucus, as if a difference of 2 tuta’s makes a huge difference, LOL…..  These has been are so pathetic, they can’t even agree who should be their leader when their numbers are so decimated that I am sure they can’t even out vote the janitors in the house of representatives, hehehe.

  • titolim

    dapat mag duelo nalang sila.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OHOD5EA75DBBUH53UKLRXRK764 Mang Teban

    Should we really care..??? Do we still need a minority bloc when what it does is protect their “Godmother”, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo? Unless Lagman will re-invent his minority bloc’s agenda, he remains a stooge of the discredited former president, whether he likes it or not.

  • Ceazar

    Maybe if Suarez will spend $20,000 to feed these minority congressmen some Angus beef steak (medium rare, please), then they might just elect him as their new leader.

    C’mon, Danny, this will not be the first time you shelled out that much for a dinner.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4M77BVMNL7QPLQBYKGUSOK5PLM Xwcd Cxw

    eh ano kung sino ang minority floor leader? pare-pareho pa rin kayong walang pork barrel galing kay Pnoy!

  • lintangbedol

    it’s still the minority. nothing new

  • Fabelous2

    The purupots are quarreling over crumbs!

  • yesyesyo


  • jojoandrada

    So what does this tell us? Agreement notwithstanding, the members simply view Danilo Saurez as unfit to to lead the minority. Secondly, GMA’s hold on these very few congressmen is broken. Hard times for GMA hehe. Tinalikuran na siya ng mga kasama. From here onward … she walks alone.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AYITA5V33GYZSLC3G37UCVNTKA Ben

    Oust-Edcel Lagman plot fails
    The problem with us is that we tend to be too negative with our wordings….instead of oust, plot…how about starting to use “vote of confidence among members of opposition, replacement after a loss of confidence among members, stepping down to become just a voting member and hand over the position, etc-etc since after all the exercise is about how confident member politicians are regarding their representative in it`s work and not because of popularity issue..may he/she be an opposition minority, majority, speaker, senate president or an executive president maybe…I think this is better and is also an exercise for a better legislative function necessary for our politicians to emulate for a smooth acceptance of the ethics, rules and regulations instead of bolting or becoming a politcal butterflybalingibng and transtion into a parliamentary-federal system of the government which the politician are favoring anyway…. 

  • Barak_O

    To Maintain Rep. Edcel C. Lagman as Minority Leader

    what a resolution!

  • reynaldo quijada

    Lagman will stay as minority leader because he will be acceptable to PNoy especially when Lagman declared his autonomy from CGMA. The minority congressmen fearing that should Suarez takeover from Lagman, they may not be able to receive their CDFs. 

    Hit them at their achilles heel and they will mellow and the achilles heel of all lawmakers are their CDFs, both majority and the minority. The achilles heel of all politicians are their present positions and they loathe the possibility that these will be taken away from them. 

    If PNoy will take advantage of this reality not for himself but for the people, he may be able to grant what he declared as the matuwid na daan for the people. 

    On the other hand he may also end up doing the opposite if he proves insincere to the people.

  • justbethankfull

    Lagman is blaming GMA for the plot to oust him which failed. If GMA is really the mastermind then that means she really lost her support and influence since only 6 out of 29 minority congressmen showed up. Gloria now realized that the saying that “most of your friends will leave you on your way down” is true.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6EF5PUVD7WK3V3XLP2FYAQZ4O4 Jomjom

      Out of the 6 are: Mikey arroyo, Dato Arroyo, Iggy arroyo, Lourdes Tuazon (sister of Iggy and Mike), .. is GMA herself included?.. Wala na talagang natira except mga kadugo nya.. how pathetic.

      • virgoyap

        He he he he he kaawa-awa!!!! ah, nandoon pa si suarez at si mita magsaysay….

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AR3F3RNQX4U3PKBI526NJI6BYM Jose

        Jomjom, drama lang yan nina Laglagman. Kunyari away-away sila eh walang pumatol sa majority kasi baka nga naman Trojan Horse si Laglagman kaya tuloy ang drama.

  • http://twitter.com/ernestonoel1 hopelovefaith

    just like joker arroyo, itong si edcel lagman is kulang sa pansin.  he has to prostitute his character para lang magka-papel.

    • melody lacorte

      Wala tayo magagawa. Bakla kasi…

  • ShawnHunk

    Lagman now knows where you stand. Better figth for the good side time is running out.

  • Pepe Smith

    Lagman, kapit tuko, hahaha. What a shame, because he knows there was an agreement but now he wants to ignore it so that he can continue to enjoy the perks of being minority floor leader and there’s millions involve that’s why it is difficult for him to just share. In this instance, sharing means losing control over that millions intended for the minority. Money, money, money, even the most pricipled persons can be corrupted.

  • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

    pati sa opposition
    wala ng asim si aroyo

    wala na kasing cutkong
    nasa switzerland na at

  • coronapig6

    Hehehe! Dapat itong si Danilo “Le Cirque” Suarez ay hindi lang mga Congressman na nakutsaba nila noong araw ang niyaya niya sa caucus meeting. Dapat niyaya din niya sina Bolante, Teves, Uriarte, Ermita, Esperon, Razon, Calderon, Chicharon, Chavit, Corona, Palparan, Ebdane, Raul/Norberto Gonzales, Depanadera, Agra, Noli de Castro. Baka sakali meron isa o dalawa ka kanila mag yaya ulit sa “le Cirque” para lumamon.  

  • Patas

    Edcel, WHO?
    Who is he?

  • Hey_Dudes

    Edcel, kailangan ka ni Renato Corona sa hearing niya.  He needs your help to collect his things in his office 2 days from now.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OFWZCWD7YEVPKMMJPKJA332AVU Windell Pastor

    Gahaman sa posisyon.   WTF….

  • gikiness

    Humanda ka Gloria kay Edcel Lagman, trydora!!!

  • MonMayuga

    Wala na ang reyna kaya watak-watak na ang mga kawal. Ang mga sinasabing tapat sa pinuno nila ay isa-isang nalalagas dahil tapos na ang maliligayang araw nila.

  • pj2003

    Edcel, wala ka nang pakinabang kaya kailangan ka nang palitan… you should have known this before, parang di mo kilala si Little Girl… o kaya palabas lang ninyo eto para mawala ng konti ang atensiyon ng taong-bayan sa impeachment ni Corona kaso nga lang walang pumansin sa pakulo ninyo.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_G7X5DO3WNUK4ORHZCFW4IAYS24 Lloyd


  • white scorpion

    walangjo!! iilan na lang kayong minority. nag-aaway pa sa leadership. kayong mga politiko talaga,  nakakahiya kayo. napakababaw niyo na. ano pinag-aawayan nyo. TERM SHARING. my golly. di pa ako nakakita ng mga leadership na katulad niyo. MAHIYA NAMAN KAYO.

  • AllaMo

    Tsk. Tsk. Really, no honor among thieves.

  • im_not_convinced

    wow fighting over scraps.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UWISP2YXGDQ7K2SIX2GI37B2EI Darwin

    Nag aaway away ang mga sinungaling. 

  • Malik62

    Lagman is lying. There was actually an agreement for a term sharing with Cong. Suarez, at that time when the agreement was made Lagman agreed.  Now he doesn’t want to give up his position and he’s riding on the irrational popular dislike for GMA to earn sympathy. What a shame! Though I’m not surprised. A congressman sponsoring the anti-life RH Bill is a congressman who is also lifeless, honor less, and most of all shameless!


    hahaha, wala ng kamandag ang utos ni Gloria “Lolong” napag iwanan na ng iilang natitirang alaga nya sa kadiliman.    Tapos na talaga ang nga maliligayang araw ng mag asawa.    KAPUT na: !!!!! LOL. Mukhang yung nga kaklase nya na lang sa magarbong kainan yung sipsip parin sa kanya. Order na lang kayo kay Abalos ng Burger, !!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NGNJIVEGLKDGZQ3RXII4LIBFFM Roaming

    Nagkagulo na sa pugad ng mga sugapa. Siyempre naman mahina na ang dilihensya sa little girl red riding hoodlum, ang lagay eh lilliit din cut ko? Ano kayo hilo?

    Lagman now thinks he is the minority, more powerful than the itsy bitsy girl. The one confined to an adjustable bed with the fake neck brace.

  • Bangkal

    funds are late, that is why…

  • virgo57

    nag aaway na ang dalawang sakim sa biyaya na unti unting lumalaho galing sa kanilang patroness gma pandak mandarambong.nakakahiya itong mga buwayang parating gutom.

  • BAKIT2011


  • BAKIT2011

    PAKULO ni PNoy – Divide and Conquer!!!  So, be it! Don’t lambast GMA camp!

    • latino_boom


    • aristeosj

      another waste product of a wasted mental faculties…

  • gikiness

    Babangon si Lagman at dudurigin si Gloria! Bwuhahaha!!!!!!!!!!

  • indiosbravos2002

    Si Suarez, nakikigulo pa sa minority.  29 na lang nga sila. Nangaagaw. Di tuloy nadefend ng maigi si little gurl. Kawawa naman.

  • AsensadongPinoy

    Typical, walang palabra de honor! porket di nagpirmahan wala daw kasunduan? tsk tsk! perfect example of SUGAPA!!! Hay… san bang distrito nahalal to tsk tsk…

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