PH's Cersei Lannister? Arroyo as 'House Speaker' confuses netizens
MANILA, Philippines – Now few of the people who watched the pre-State of the Nation Address drama in the House of Representatives on Monday, July 23, might have likened the plot twist to Game of Thrones, where the fate of most characters are unpredictable and ever-changing.
In true Game of Thrones fashion, former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Pampanga 2nd District Representative, was supposed to have become the new House Speaker following a "vote" in the House of Representative. Her "election" was less than an hour before the 4 pm SONA was to have unseated Davao del Norte 1st District Representative Pantaleon Alvarez.
As expected, netizens were shocked with the quick turn of events, as well as the sight of Arroyo – last thrust into the limelight when she was acquitted of plunder and freed from nearly 4 years of detention – standing on the House rostrum, waving to fellow lawmakers, and taking what appeared to be her oath as the new Speaker.
Many compared Arroyo's seeming political comeback to the popular Game of Thrones character, Queen Cersei, who also had a love-hate relationship with power.GMA as House Speaker - Curated tweets by MovePH
For some, the incident was the Joyce Bernal-directed SONA's biggest plot twist.
Ex President and plunderer Gloria Arroyo is now the House Speaker.. Iba din talaga.Grabe ang plot twist! #SONA2018— Jana Louise Miranda del Rosario (@janaldr) July 23, 2018
Magaling na director talaga si Bb. Joyce Bernal, nakagawa siya ng history sa kakaibang plot twist niya sa #SONA2018. Alvarez o Arroyo? Toss coin na lang.— De Jesus, January Ann L. (@JayEyDeeJay) July 23, 2018
As expected, the "plot twist" was the subject of many memes:
Arroyo's redemption arc didn't last long – or so, onlookers thought. When the SONA was finally underway, Alvarez was seen back in the rostrum, alongside Senate President Vicente Sotto III and President Rodrigo Duterte, who referred to him as "House Speaker." Alvarez also adjourned the session on the part of the House after Duterte's SONA.
This confused netizens as to who the real Speaker was.
so pano yan? sino na ang house speaker e nakaupo na sya?— William Clemente (@willianism09) July 23, 2018
i’m waiting for steve harvey..... pic.twitter.com/BWf2zodVxX
So sino ba talaga house speaker huh? I'm so confused naaaaa— jo goddess (@_jo_wana_) July 23, 2018
Me: Ah so kung sino uupo sa seat ng house speaker siya na?— on espère jour jour (@ellebasssy) July 23, 2018
Ma: Ah so trip to jerusalem?
After the SONA, the House held called a special session, and another voting was conducted. Arroyo, in Lannister fashion, made her official political comeback. – Rappler.com