Mercado: GMA eyes the Capitol

“THE rumor of my death is quite exaggerated," said the American writer Samuel Clemens.

And so is the rampant rumor that former President now Representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (Pampanga, 2nd District) is eying the governorship of Pampanga.

The congresswoman has time and again scuttled the mounting canard which steadily sweeps the province like a Saturday night hangover.

A Capitol employee simplifies the gossip thus: "where there's smoke there is fire."

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Why would a former President of the Philippines aspire to govern a local government unit? Only Mrs. Arroyo knows the answer to the riddle. Not even the members of her family have the slightest hint to the enigma.

The closest the cabalen can get to the core of the speculation is by body language. It's like a man who winks at a woman in a dark room. The man knows what he is doing but the woman does not.

In the case of the former President she knows what she is doing, and the people understand partly her message.

Some times both the public servant and the constituents misconstrue their intent. That's the wonder of politics.

For instance in the absence of the Governor on official leave Mrs. Arroyo acted like a surrogate mother to Vice Governor Dennis Pineda, I was told.

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Nanay Baby has so much trust in GMA that if it is legally possible the latter's enormous experience and broad knowledge in governance can be shared to the Capitol.

Mrs. Arroyo's presence and tutorials at the Capitol are seen in a positive light. In no way shall her assistance and guidance to the mother-and-son tandem be taken except for the pragmatic benevolence of the Madame and the hospitable acceptance to tested governance skills by the Nanay.

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Grapevine sources quoted Rep. Rimpy Bondoc that he will sacrifice his ambition for governor in favor of Mrs. Arroyo. Former Senator and three term Governor Lito Lapid announced he will not run anew for governor if her ninang GMA goes for the Capitol. Quo vadis, Delta? Mother knows best.

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Atty. Maria Imelda Q. Tuazon former IBP Governor for Central Luzon wishes to thank friends and colleagues who condoled in the demise last New Year's Eve of her father Eddie S. Quiambao. ESQ, a popular and well-loved former employee at the Airmen's Club at Clark, USAF, was married to the comely Nita Bognot. They had seven children after 45 years of married bliss. Eddie's love affair with Nita was legend among Clark boys, as he stayed all night "stalking" the pretty cashier at a downtown bar-kiosk, while playing "The Twelfth of Never" at the corner jukebox till dawn; the girl's heart melted in time. Two other daughters, Marissa and Rowena acknowledge and thank batchmates at the Holy Family Academy who prayed for their father, 77, aa generous and provident man.
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