Palace: 'Speaker Arroyo' still pure speculation
Manila (15 February) -- It is still too early to discuss whether President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will be fielded as the administration's bet for Speaker of the House of Representatives, should she win as congresswoman for Pampanga's second district.
This was what a Malacaņang spokesperson said on Monday, amid claims of the ruling Lakas-Kampi-CMD members that Mrs. Arroyo would be their bet for the top House post.
Deputy presidential spokesperson Charito Planas in an interview over dzXL radio said it is just speculation at this point. The bottom line is that the Speaker's post is a result of an election to determine who will be the Speaker. Planas added that it was too early to tell if the President would also be part of the House majority or minority bloc.
On Monday, a report from the Philippine Star quoted Isabela Rep. Rodolfo Albano as saying that Lakas-Kampi would likely have the numbers to install Mrs. Arroyo as House Speaker. (PIA-Bohol) [top]