Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Despite congressional ouster, GMA still committing to supporting Duterte administration

Despite her ouster as House Deputy Speaker for failing to support the death penalty bill, former president and Pampanga 2nd District Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said she is still committed to supporting President Rodrigo Duterte.

In a statement March 15, the lady politiko said that while she supports President Duterte and Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, the contentious measure reviving the death penalty requires a conscience vote and the “deepest of personal convictions”.

”The issue of the death penalty is unlike any other, in that it touches the core of each person’s fundamental view of human life,” Arroyo said as she justified her “no” vote on the death penalty bill.

The Pampanga solon also expressed gratitude to the President for understanding her stance on the issue. She likewise thanked Alvarez for the “honor of having served as Deputy Speaker” in the lower chamber.

”As a plain Congresswoman I will continue to do all I can to support both President Duterte and Speaker Alvarez,” she added.

Alvarez followed through with his hard-line policy of stripping anti-death penalty lawmakers of their leadership titles as Majority Floor Leader Rodolfo Fariñas declared vacant the posts of Arroyo and eleven other committee chairmen who voted against the death penalty bill.

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