Speaker Bebot Alvarez is aware of he has an iron grip within the House of Representatives – with management of each the bulk and minority blocs – and he isn’t shy about rubbing this truth within the face of critics of President Rodrigo Duterte’s critics.
Take his curt reply when requested what he considered Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat’s warning that President Rodrigo Duterte was dangerously near changing into a dictator together with his declaration of martial regulation.
“Kaya nga hanggang ngayon 7 lang sila,” wisecracked Alvarez.
When pressed for remark, Alvarez snapped: ”I don’t need to disagree with them. They are disagreeing themselves.”
Alvarez apparently believes that Baguilat and the opposition bloc are so puny and only a mere nuisance, they don’t deserve even a correct reply like honorable lawmakers ought to.