EDITORIAL: Power or impunity
Posted by akosistella on March 27, 2010
CRITICS OF THE PRESIDENT ARE CONCOCTING wild conspiracy theories, according to Pampanga Rep. Juan Miguel Arroyo. “They have upped the ante by saying that the entry of five Arroyos into Congress is to ensure that my mother gets elected as speaker so she can assume the presidency in case of a failure of elections,” President Macapagal-Arroyo's son said. “But has it escaped their minds that five Arroyos alone cannot elect a speaker?”
Certainly, five votes will not clinch the speakership for Ms Arroyo, but every vote counts, as anyone running for any office knows. Besides that is not how the critics do their math. Will Mikey Arroyo try 159?
That is the number of the President’s loyal allies seeking seats in the House of Representatives, everyone of them with a good chance of winning, according to a tally done by the Inquirer. (And that is not even counting her former appointees and her relatives seeking entry to the House through the party-list system, like Mikey himself.) With a total of 260 members in the House, 159 votes are more than enough to deliver the speakership to Ms Arroyo. As one of her closest political allies, Eastern Samar Gov. Ben Evardone, put it, Ms Arroyo would have the needed number of votes to win the speakership if she wanted it