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Defender no extra? Alvarez says he’s ‘disenchanted’ with Duterte admin’s efficiency


Former Home Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.—INQUIRER FILE PHOTO / LYN RILLON

MANILA, Philippines — Considered one of President Rodrigo Duterte’s largest defenders now expresses disappointment over the chief government’s time period, notably hitting the administration’s dealing with of the coronavirus pandemic.

Former Home Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez mentioned Tuesday he had excessive expectations when he supported Duterte in his presidential run in 2016, however these expectations weren’t met.

“Para sa akin, having supported the President noong tumakbo siya, yung expectations ko malaki. Now, natapos na yung time period, I must be frank sufficient to say that I’m disenchanted,” Alvarez, who was ousted proper earlier than Duterte’s State of the Nation Tackle in 2018, mentioned in an interview with ABS-CBN Information Channel when requested how he would charge the administration.

(For me ,having supported the President when he ran, my expectations have been excessive. Now, the time period has ended, I must be frank sufficient to say that I’m disenchanted.)

Alvarez particularly cited the lapses within the dealing with of the COVID-19 pandemic, saying many are nonetheless dying from the illness.

“[Ikumpara] natin [sa] Vietnam. ‘Yung dealing with ng pandemic doon hindi hamak na mas maganda kaysa sa atin, anong nangyari? Bakit hanggang ngayon ay nandito pa rin tayo? Marami pa ring namamatay, even yung wants ng mga hospitals kulang,” Alvarez mentioned.

(Let’s examine it with Vietnam. The dealing with of pandemic there may be higher than ours, what occurred? Why is it that till now we’re nonetheless right here? Lots of people are dying, even the wants of the hospitals are missing.)

Alvarez, who represents the primary district of Davao del Norte within the Home of Representatives, is thought to be considered one of Duterte’s largest supporters when he assumed the presidency in 2016.

He was even elected as the primary Home Speaker of the Duterte administration, whereas additionally serving as a high-ranking member of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), which can be chaired by the President.

However issues took a flip in 2018 when he was ousted as Home Speaker and changed by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. It’s mentioned that Davao Metropolis mayor Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio, the daughter of President Duterte, performed a hand within the ouster.

Following his ouster, Alvarez was comparatively quiet however got here again within the highlight when he introduced his resignation from PDP-Laban in November final yr.

As an alternative, he determined to be part of political occasion Partido Reporma which now pushes for the presidency of Senator Panfilo Lacson and the vice presidency of Senate President Vicente Sotto III.


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