Freedom for Gloria

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Sunday, March 9, 2014


AT STAKE in the 20l6 elections is the freedom and liberty of the Kapampangan's pride and icon, former president now Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

It is a clear certainty that Presidential aspirant DILG Sec. Mar Roxas has the least chance of garnering the votes of Pampanga. As the perceived surrogate and possible successor of President Aquino, Roxas will be the last guy who would spring Mrs. Arroyo from detention.

Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, who recently announced his presidential ambition, is not expected to give a pardon to GMA should the senator win the derby. Cayetano has no known sympathy and political debt to her. May we hear from his local supporters and financiers?

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Only two presidential hopefuls - Vice Pres. Jojo Binay and Sen. Bong Revilla are the possible persons who can free Mrs. Arroyo from her confinement.

Sen. Revilla, Lakas Party president, certainly is the candidate of Mrs. Arroyo. She is chairman emeritus of the party. Lakas commands a nationwide network of local organizations and is still capable of coming back with vengeance in the next elections.

The reason the Aquino administration is keeping the former president under lock is the fear and insecurity of Malacanang on Mrs. Arroyo's inert but explosive leadership capabilities.

President Noy is not taking any chances nor does he underestimate the political prowess of the harmless-looking, frail and sickly Kapampangan idol.

While her spokesperson and lawyers keep harping on the "deteriorating" physical condition of Mrs. Arroyo to stress her harmlessness and incapacity, Pres. Noy believes otherwise. Back of his mind is the lurking threat posed by this woman of steel, grit and courage. "Don't mistake her physical appearance, Mr. President," his dog whisperers often remind him.
"She is capable of creating mischief by remote control."

President Noy's apprehension and insecurity were buttressed by the visit of two former Presidents, bishops, and national leaders to the lady in neck brace. Their visit per se speaks of her popular leadership and standing in the esteem of powerful and influential leaders of the nation.

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Gov. Lilia Pineda has recently celebrated her birthday by doing her visitation- work in various locations. Her special visitor of the day was Vice President Binay with whom she presided over a shelter project.

Nanay Baby does not say much, but her actions speak louder than words. If the governor will go for Binay in the 2016 polls, it is a cinch that Pampanga is safely in the pocket of the vice president.

What is the possibility of Mrs. Arroyo's pardon or freedom under "President Binay?" This is what our cabalen would like to know.

Definitely under a "President Revilla" the liberty of Mrs. Arroyo is a certainty. There is no need to guess of a clear and present possibility.

Can the Nanay, who is known to work quiet miracles, get the assurance of GMA's release under a Binay regime? Our cabalen are deeply concerned not only with her well-being and health but with her freedom and happiness as well. I think this is the larger issue of the presidential contest in Pampanga.

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In recognition of his accomplishments in governance, City Mayor Ed Pamintuan has been invited to speak before two international conferences in Singapore. He was awarded a study grant by the world's Mayors Summit and the Lee Kuan Yu school of policy. Unbeknown to Angelenos, EdPam recently finished a course on good government and education at the Ateneo University under the auspices of Kaya Natin and Sea Oil. Next week the mayor, who won as one of the world's best city mayors for 2012 and again in 20l3.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on March 10, 2014.

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