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Key posts for GMA manicurist, gardener defended

Posted by akosistella on April 23, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang justified yesterday President Arroyo’s move to appoint her manicurist and gardener to top-level posts in two government agencies.

Deputy presidential spokesman Gary Olivar, however, was at a loss on how to explain the actual qualifications of Anita Carpon and Armando Macapagal, reportedly Mrs. Arroyo’s manicurist and gardener, respectively.

Carpon was appointed to the board of the Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG Fund), and Macapagal as deputy of the Luneta Park administration.

Olivar said he has no information on the qualifications of the two appointees.

via Philippine Star.


‘Arroyo using resources for Speakership bid’

MANILA, Philippines – President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is pouring resources to her allies’ congressional campaigns to secure their support in the next Congress, according to political science Prof. Clarita Carlos of the University of the Philippines.

Carlos, who describes the President as a “master strategist,” says Mrs. Arroyo is doing this because she knows that all initiatives in the next administration, including any move to amend the Constitution, originate in Congress.

It makes sense to protect her allies in Congress because it would ensure that she has enough warm bodies to form a substantial voting bloc, the professor explains.

Via ABS-CBN News


House Speaker Gloria Arroyo up to next President?

MANILA, Philippines – Prospects of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo assuming the post of Speaker in the House of Representatives was the crux of the discussion on ANC’s “The Rundown” on Wednesday with Ricky Carandang and Ces Drilon.

Prof. Edmund Tayao of the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) political science department says it would be unlikely for the new administration to choose the former President for the speakership.

“She will be a significant personality in House of Representatives, but under a new administration, someone will hesitate to have her as speaker,” says Tayao.

Via ABS-CBN News

NOT SURPISING… GMA ratings drop to lowest since 2001


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