Alvarez laughs off rumors he’ll be executive secretary, GMA Speaker
MANILA — Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez laughed off a new wave of rumors that he would be appointed executive secretary of the President with former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo set to replace him as Speaker of the House of Representatives.
“Hahaha. NO truth to that. That’s a demotion!” he said in a text message when asked to comment on the rumor.
One text message that has circulated read: “Speaker Alvarez will be promoted as Executive Secretary, with Gloria Arroyo becoming Speaker of the House. Current [Executive Secretary Salvador] Medialdea will then be appointed as a Supreme Court justice.”
The rumor was a variation of an old one that circulated last year stating that Alvarez was poised to replace Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade.
The name of Arroyo, a deputy speaker, had also been floated then as his replacement.
In a Dec. 12 statement, the former President said: “It has come to my attention that rumors have been circulating that I will soon be replacing Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. I categorically deny that. I don’t have any plans of taking his place.” SFM/rga
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