The Philippine Daily Inquirer reports: “In a surprise move on Monday, former president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo took her oath as new Speaker of the House of Representatives. Marikina Rep. Romero Quimbo, a member of the Liberal Party, confirmed that Arroyo took her oath after 161 House members signed a manifesto ousting incumbent Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. Quimbo said 14 lawmakers, including him, voted to abstain from the voting.
“Minutes before President Rodrigo Duterte’s state of the nation address, Arroyo was seen taking over the rostrum. She was later seen taking her oath before a lawmaker. The microphone at the podium was notably turned off as Arroyo was taking her oath. She was also seen shouting something to legislators before the oath-taking. While Arroyo was at the podium, Alvarez was seen welcoming Duterte at the House.”