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Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has called on members of the House of Representatives to oust Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez “for being a burden” to the country and the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Duterte-Carpio has also accused Alvarez of trying to draw a wedge between her and President Duterte.
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“The Philippines will be a better country if he is not Speaker. President Duterte will be a stronger President without Alvarez,” presidential daughter Duterte-Carpio said.
Calling Alvarez an “asshole,” Duterte-Carpio said that House members should unseat Alvarez. She accused Alvarez of spreading in media false information against her and her newly-formed regional political party.
“I do not understand why members of the House of Representatives do not tell the President what the fat ass is up to and just coup d’ etat the Speaker,” she said.
“He is not a leader. He will never be a leader. Many congressmen can do more than what he is delivering for the President,” the mayor added.
She said those who are loyal to Duterte should be suspicious of Alvarez, who is Secretary-General of the ruling PDP-Laban. Alvarez represents the First District of Davao del Norte.
Duterte-Carpio dished out the verbal blasts on Alvarez for the Speaker’s alleged attempt to draw a wedge between her and her father. She delivered the harsh indictment in posts in her Facebook account, on Instagram and in an interview with online news site Rappler.
On Thursday, Duterte-Carpio, in an interview prior to presiding over a meeting of the  City Peace and Order Council, blasted anew Alvarez’s comment against her forging with four Davao governors for Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP), which will be formally launched Friday, February 23, at the Royal Mandaya Hotel in Davao City.
The HNP is initially composed of Davao Occidental Governor Claude Bautista, Davao del Norte Gov. Antonio del Rosario, Compostela Valley Gov. Jayvee Tyron Uy, and Davao Oriental Gov. Nelson Dayanghirang. Alvarez is not in its rooster.
She alleged that Alvarez is peddling the lie that the formation of the party was not consulted with President Duterte.
“I would like everyone to know, including the Speaker of the House, that the unity I forged with the four governors of Region 11 has the blessing of President Rodrigo Duterte,” she had said in a statement released through the HNP on Thursday.
Duterte-Carpio said that even the word Hugpong in the regional party’s name has the President’s approval. President Duterte heads the nationalpolitical party called Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod.
The mayor said that President Duterte also knew she will not join PDP Laban. The mayor said it was last year that Alvarez invited her to be a member of PDP Laban.
“The Speaker’s latest media statement that he respects the creation of Hugpong ng Pagbabago or that the unity is a non-issue, was unfortunately betrayed by his comment on political dynasties,” she said.
She added, “If the Speaker is attacking our effort to do something significant and timely for Region 11, and reducing it as a product of political dynasties, I suggest he pass the Anti-Political Dynasty Law.”
Duterte-Carpio reminded Alvarez he was a product of the political dynasty of the Floirendos. Duterte-Carpio also lambasted Alvarez for saying that she is now with the opposition for forming HNP.
She said, “Ano sabi mo in a crowd, President iba siya Speaker ako, (What did you say in a crowd, President is different, I am a Speaker), I can always impeach him!” And you call me opposition? Somebody should really tell the President about the truth.”
On Instagram earlier , the mayor said, “Kung asshole ka (If you are an asshole) in Congress, don’t bring that to Davao, leave it in Manila. Somebody should tell the President what you are doing. How dare you call me part of the opposition. Kapal ng mukha mo. You messed with the wrong girl.”
In the Thursday interview, the mayor further urged members of the House of Representatives not to keep quiet and speak out the truth about what is happening in Congress.
Duterte-Carpio admitted she had been hearing remarks that Alvarez is allegedly not a good leader and people not happy with his direction as Speaker.
Alvarez “is an asshole,” Duterte-Carpio said in capping the interview before presiding over the peace and order council at Grand Men Seng Hotel. (with PNA report)


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