Alvarez denies move to Palace

/ 01:54 AM January 18, 2017
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. —PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez laughed off a new wave of rumors that he would be appointed Executive Secretary with former President 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.


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.” —DJ YAP

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