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Arroyo ‘declined’ to run for Speaker – ally

Posted by akosistella on May 15, 2010


MAASIN CITY, Philippines –President Macapagal Arroyo, the congresswoman-elect of Pampanga’s second district, has allegedly “declined” her allies’ prodding to run for Speaker, saying she would rather be like “Sonia Gandhi” of the Philippines, a lawmaker said on Saturday.

Gandhi is the Italian-born widow of assassinated Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. She was immensely popular and assumed the party’s leadership when her husband was assassinated in 1991.

In an emergency meeting held in Malacanang Thursday, Arroyo told her allies that she could effectively help them in Congress “if she is not the Speaker, ” re-elected Southern Leyte Representative Roger Mercado told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

via INQUIRER.net.


GMA in the footsteps of her father’s rival
GET REAL By Solita Collas Monsod

ANY HOPE THAT HISTORY WILL TREAT Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo kindly has suffered another setback by her act of appointing a new chief justice of the Supreme Court one-and-a-half months before she leaves office. A chief justice who will be holding office for eight years, thus being in situ, so to speak, during the entire period of her successor’s term, thus depriving President-elect Noynoy Aquino the opportunity to make arguably one of the most important appointments of his administration—the head of the third branch of government. If that isn’t an act of malice on her part, it is at least one of the pettiest—unworthy of a president.

Click Winnie Monsod


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