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SONA 2018

After delay, Congress convenes with Alvarez still sitting as House Speaker

By: - Reporter / @MAgerINQ
/ 05:38 PM July 23, 2018
Vicente Sotto III - Rodrigo Duterte - Pantaleon Alvarez

President Rodrigo Duterte (center) stands with Senate President Vicente Sotto III (left) and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Monday, July 23, 2018, before his third State of the Nation Address. (Photo from an RTVM video)

After more than an hour delay, Congress finally convened its joint session on Monday with Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez still recognized as the Speaker of the House Representatives.

The joint session, which was convened to hear the third State of the Nation Address (Sona) of President Rodrigo Duterte, started past 5 p.m. instead of its original 4 p.m. schedule.

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At the start of his speech, the President recognized Alvarez as House Speaker.

Earlier, former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was seen taking over the rostrum of the House and taking her oath before a fellow lawmaker. /atm

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