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House Speaker Arroyo earns praises from Davao solon

Sep 19, 2018 @ 8:49
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House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo earned praises from Davao lawmaker Karlo Alexei Nograles for her work ethics.

At last week’s Meet Inquirer Multimedia, Nograles, who is Davao City 1st District Representative and Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations, described Arroyo as hardworking and quick in making decisions.

Nograles was responding to a question on what difference has Arroyo’s assumption to the House leadership made for the lower House of Congress.

Arroyo, 71, assumed the House Speakership in late July, replacing Davao Del Norte 1st District Rep. and presidential friend Pantaleon Alvarez. Arroyo, who is currently Pampanga 2nd District Rep., was Philippine president from 2001 up to 2010.

“It’s under very new leadership right now… Kakapalit pa lang, kakapasok pa lang niya. So, there’s a lot of people feeling it out pa. Not all of the congressmen naman have had the privilege of working with GMA up close,” Nograles said.

“We’ve seen her naman as a congresswoman, working (with) the committees. She’d be attending the different committee hearings. Masipag si Ma’am,” he added.

“Even now as a Speaker, we would notice that she’d come to committee hearings… So, I presume that in her busy schedule, she always allocates a certain time to go around the different committees.”

Nograles also cited a personal experience wherein, as chairman of the appropriations committee, he consulted with the new Speaker regarding an issue related to budget, and which she promptly resolved in three minutes.

“Based on my experience, with this new Speaker, Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, she’s very quick in making decisions,” Nograles said, noting how the former president would refer to her past experiences.

Arroyo has said she intends to help President Rodrigo Duterte accomplish his administration’s legislative agenda while she is House Speaker. She has declared she will retire from politics after her term ends next year.

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