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July 25, 2018


Last Monday, the “action” shifted from the people rallying in the streets to the Batasang Pambansa where the SONA was being held. 184 congressmen crossed party lines and voted former-President-now-Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as speaker. In a move that was reminiscent of how she got the presidency from then President Joseph “Erap” Estrada, the congressmen made a decision for a change of leadership just before Congress was about to convene a joint session to start President Duterte’s SONA.

Since Congresswoman Arroyo is strongly allied with the church, many feel that the same sex union bill, the divorce bill, and the death penalty bills will languish once more. Instead, Federalism may happen. The same issue she pushed for during her presidency may come true during her reign as speaker.

One can’t deny that she is a brilliant economist, shrewd strategist and seasoned politician.

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