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A shameful sham! Not all Lakas-Kampi allies are happy with Speaker Arroyo

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Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman used to be the biggest defender of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo during the golden years of their political party, Lakas-Kampi, but it doesn’t mean his loyalty to his former boss is blind.

Lagman called Arroyo’s move to bully her way to the Speakership less than hour before President Rodrigo Duterte’s 4 p.m. State of the Nation Address as a “shameful sham.”

“It was conducted without a prior attendance call, without the official mace, without any rules, without any record or journal, with the instant nominal voting based on a mere directory of members and without a sound system,” said Lagman in a statement.

“Due to this irregularity, the delivery of the SONA was delayed for over an hour to resolve the issue on who shall preside on behalf of the House during the Joint Session. There is a need for the House to conduct a legitimate election for a change of leadership in compliance with House rules if that is the wish of the majority,” said Lagman.

Arroyo was sworn into office after 186 members signed a manifesto wanting her to replace Speaker Bebot Alvarez.

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