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No ‘no-el’ scenario under Speaker Arroyo — lawmaker

/ 01:02 PM July 29, 2018
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Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. INQUIRER file photo / EARVIN PERIAS

Deputy Speaker and Camarines Sur Rep. Rolando Andaya said that Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo opposed any postponement of the 2019 elections, which her predecessor Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez had been pushing.

“Nagbigay na po ng instruction ‘yung ating bagong Speaker [Arroyo] na magkakaroon (election)… kumabaga there will be no ‘no-el’ scenario,” Andaya said in an interview over DZIQ Radyo Inquirer on Sunday.

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(Our new Speaker has already given instructions that there will be an election… In other words, there will be no ‘no-el’ scenario.)

Earlier, the former president herself said that she won’t push for the postponement of the polls to give way to the amendment of the Constitution for a shift to federalism.

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“No. Definitely, I am not supporting term extension,” she said.

Andaya also expressed hope that the second package of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion or TRAIN 2 will prosper under Arroyo despite facing a blockade in the Senate.

“Pag-uusapan na rin ‘yung TRAIN 2 na tinatawag na. Alam naman natin na walang senador na gustong magsponsor; siguro naman sa experience ni bagong Speaker bilang presidente at ekonimista, maipapaliwag niya sa buong kapulungan yung mga benepisyo nito (TRAIN 2),” he said.

(TRAIN 2 will also be discussed. We know that no senator wants to sponsor it; maybe through the Speaker’s experience as a president and an economist, she can clearly explain to the chamber the benfits of TRAIN 2.) /je

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