Thursday, May 08, 2008


Speaker Prospero 'Boy' Nograles Jr., whose promise of reforms in the House of Representatives was among the reasons of his ouster of Pangasinan Rep. Jose de Venecia Jr. (JDV) in February, is "helpless" in implementing such changes, prompting his supporters from KAMPI to complain "quietly," according to one of Nogie's staunch supporters. Rep. Amelita Villarosa (KAMPI), House Deputy Speaker for Women, reportedly was backing up JDV "up to the last minute, but only changed her mind when it became known to KAMPI leaders that her support for Nograles was not all out." During the presidential visit to Davos, Switzerland recently, Villarosa reportedly egged congressmen in the delegation to continue supporting JDV, a move that angered GMA who scolded the lawmaker. Nograles' speakership is headed for a rough ride. Well, political paybacks are in the offing, and for a guy who used to be JDV's favorite "coffee boy," he sure has a lot of work to accomplish if he intends to stay on as speaker long enough just like his former master.

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