President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday, February 15, apologized to former House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, whose ouster was supposedly maneuvered by presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.
The chief executive admitted he could not go against her daughter, who is known for being assertive and outspoken.
“Sorry, it had to happen. Si Inday (Sara) ang… ‘di ko talaga kaya,” Duterte said during the proclamation of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino/Lakas ng Bansa (PDP-Laban) senatorial line-up in Bulacan.
Alvarez (1st District, Davao del Norte) was present in the event. Alvarez is the secretary general of the PDP/Laban.
The sudden house leadership change transpired during Duterte’s third State of the Nation Address in July 2018.
The president himself later admitted that the Davao City mayor was behind the coup against his longtime ally Alvarez, who was replaced by former president and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
Days before the ouster, Mayor Duterte-Carpio slammed Alvarez for describing the Hugpong Ng Pagbabago (HNP), a Davao Region-based regional political party she organized, as an “opposition party.”
She called the then Speaker as an “asshole” and a “liability to the Duterte administration.”
Pushing her anger farther, Mayor Duterte-Carpio called on members of the House of Representatives to kick out Alvarez.
In Davao del Norte, Alvarez’s re-election is in dire strait with the Davao City Mayor vowing to frustrate his bid to return to Congress.
She also said she will personally campaign against the ex-Speaker’s reelection. Mayor Duterte-Carpio’s HNP is fielding a slate against Alvarez’s Alvarez Wing, a local bloc he organized as an independent bloc of the PDP/Laban. Alvarez’s re-election is being contested by Governor Anthony del Rosario.
“Be careful with that woman. She can even oust the Speaker. She operated in Davao. Tingnan mo ang nangyari sa Congress, natanggal si (Alvarez),” Duterte was quoted as saying in October.
In previous events, the president even referred to her eldest daughter as the “alpha” in the family, while admitting the current Davao City mayor despised him in the past for separating with his former wife Elizabeth Zimmerman.
On Tuesday, Mayor Duterte launched the HNP’s senatorial campaign in Arroyo’s bailiwick in Pampanga. (with NEWS5 report)