At the House of Representatives in Quezon City this evening, Jose de Venecia has found a Voice within himself we've never quite heard before. It is a pained voice, mightily energized by a palpable sense of having been betrayed by his closest allies, including President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. It is a Voice that threatens to upset the Whole Applecart. But let me not steal his thunder beyond this--he has let his tormentors take a peek at what's in Pandora's Box! In what may turn out to be a fatal blunder, President Arroyo has apparently given the go-ahead to take the House Speakership from Jose de Venecia, who is not taking his ritual slaying laying down.
Jose de Venecia threatens to spill the beans.
At this moment the House is conducting nominal voting that will inexorably lead to the removal of the House Speaker and his replacement with a handpicked Malacanang successor in Prospero Nograles.
Update: 174 Solons oust JDV as Speaker (12:57 am)