Profile: Pantaleon Alvarez, New Speaker of the House of Representatives

Pantaleon Alvarez is a lawyer who played a key role in Duterte’s rise to the presidency. Back in October 2015, with the deadline on the filing of candidacies approaching and the Davao mayor still hesitant to join the race, Alvarez came up with the idea of the PDP-Laban nominating a placeholder, thereby giving them an additional two months to convince Duterte to run as the party’s substitute nominee.

Alvarez and Duterte met in 1998 when they entered the House of Representatives. Both…

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