I do not know how else to describe the Dutertes preference for former president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo for the speakership of the House replacing Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez, but one that is scandalous for several reasons.
When I say ‘Dutertes’, I actually mean Pres. Rodrigo Duterte and her daughter, Sara, who is presently the mayor of Davao City and the one identified as having orchestrated the coup against Alvarez.
There is no doubt that the Dutertes preference for Arroyo translated into a sealed victory for the latter, especially knowing that Duterte’s allies control the House. It was clearly seen as a rebuff of Alvarez’s leadership and his arrogant and ambitious persona that knew no respect for his co-equals in government, more so for those lower in rank.
I have no words of compassion for Alvarez, but like many, I only have disdain for the man, as he bitterly savors the taste of his own medicine.
But why choose a corruption-plagued former president as a replacement for Alvarez?
As it is, we are still divided as people and the support and election of Arroyo is not only scandalous in nature but is adding more crack to the chasm that already exist among us.
If the Dutertes believe that Arroyo can be used as an instrument to unite the people, I think they haven’t accurately felt the pulse of the people.
The Filipino people has had enough of former president Arroyo, after being involved in major anomalies such as the Fertilizer Fund scam, the Hello Garci controversy, the National Broadband Network scandal, the Northrail controversy, etc. This is not even mentioning the corruption charges filed against Arroyo’s husband and son.
The fact the Arroyo was under hospital arrest for charges of electoral fraud and misuse of millions of dollars in state lottery funds speak volumes of the kind of leader she is.
Very ironic, indeed, that Duterte, who won the presidency on the promise, among other things, to work for a corrupt-free society has taken into his fold a high profile corrupt politician. Sad to say it simply defeats the purpose of the Duterte presidency.
Certainly, Arroyo’s ascendancy as the leader of the House does not augur well for the country.
Hope the Dutertes realize this sooner than later.