Palace wants GMA Out of Congress-A A +A
By Ram Mercado
Sunday, October 7, 2012
RECENT events indicated that Malacañang will thwart and prevent former president now Rep. Gloria Arroyo from a congressional seat even if she wins a reelection.
There seems to be no stopping the graft/malversation cases filed against her which, if found guilty, may disqualify her from running or even serving in Congress.
If her supporters and allies cease and desist in encouraging her to run anew, they are doing the 2nd District people and Mrs. Arroyo a lot of good. They will be saving her from debilitating stress and distress. This will prevent her physical deterioration aggravated by the wrath and vengeance of those who want to bring her to justice.
The ruling powers had allowed her to post bail for her temporary liberty in another suit. It was done so in the (false) expectation that she would focus on her health and retire from partisan politics.
Now that she has filed her COC for Congress, she aroused Presidential anger anew which has been in remission during the months she kept out of public sight. She is now under detention – and she had it coming.
The Palace, monitoring her activities and trips, especially her tactical meetings with her loyal leaders, is convinced of her capacity to mobilize support and create mischief in Congress.
She still carries enormous political clout, a situation when the Ombudsman, after GMA’s son Rep. Mikey filed her mother’s CoC, would release a warrant of arrest for her.
Now she is back to her ordeals under hospital detention. There is always the bare threat to transfer her to a police holding facility. I hope she gets the hint.
While her doctors insisted her medical condition is life threatening, the Palace is not persuaded by the prognosis as to allow her a trip abroad for special treatment.
Malacañang nurtures doubts about her real condition, given the reports of her periodic visits to her leaders and events in Pampanga.
She had been advised by VMMC doctors that her damaged spine needs special rest. President Noy is inclined to believe that if CGMA can make strenuous out-of-town trips and can move around at will she has the capacity to cause trouble to his administration.
Now GMA finds herself between the devil and the deep blue sea. She is playing the duality of regaining her health which needs prolonged rest, and holding on to power which demands untold stress.
In seeking happiness and fulfillment in public office, she loses the more enduring peace and quiet joy that an ailing person deserves.
As she exposes herself in the political scene, she attracts the greater peril of counter action from her foes who want her effective exit either to retirement or oblivion.
Pampangos commiserate with the former President’s family on her travails.
But the deeper and profound issue with Mrs. Arroyo is if the people who love her will value the transient honor of electing her again as a demonstration of loyalty and gratitude, more than they value the paramount imperative of her well-being and happiness.
With the surprise entry of former BM Rosve Henson in the 3rd District contest for board member, either incumbent BM Trina Dizon or BM Monina Laus will lose her seat. The Kambilan president is expected to quarterback for future Vice Gov. Dennis Pineda, who is known for his executive ability than for parliamentary work. Rosve’s vast experience in legislative work, his mastery of local government systems, the trust of the Governor, and his eloquence will make Delta’s work as SP presiding officer effective, smooth, and an easy one. Henson will be a sure winner, a topnotcher even, and be a senior board member, the third man in the official line of succession at the Capitol.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on October 08, 2012.