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Alvarez laughs off rumors he’ll be executive secretary, GMA Speaker

Incumbent speaker calls appointment to Palace post a demotion
By: - Reporter / @deejayapINQ
/ 05:36 PM January 17, 2017
Incoming Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO / GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO / GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

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.

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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.

Former president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (INQUIRER FILE PHOTO / LYN RILLON)

Former president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (INQUIRER FILE PHOTO / LYN RILLON)

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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