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Gloria Says Goodbye, But…

June 23, 2010


She was reading from the teleprompter.

But tonight it appeared like tears were welling up in her eyes as Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo went on national television for her farewell address.

The Filipino ‘iron butterfly’ chose not to ramble about the achievements of her hugely unpopular 9-year reign.

In bullet fashion GMA focused on “the strides in infrastructure development through 37 quarters of GDP growth.”

Mrs. Macapagal Arroyo even called her Lakas-Kampi party mates to support the incoming administration of Noynoy Aquino.

Her party secretary general, Reginald Velasco, interviewed after GMA’s 4-minute-46-second-long remarks, even acknowledged that the group of aspiring Speaker Feliciano Belmomte as “the incoming majority” in the 15th Congress.

So there, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has signaled her intellectual, and emotional readiness to relinquish power.

The only curious thing – her farewell statement came on the exact same day that her outgoing defense secretary, Norberto Gonzales, announced he was “forming a shadow Cabinet” as counter balance to the new administration.

He’s most surely free to do so. A most curious timing this Arroyo loyalist has.

Add to this the announcement of another GMA loyalist, Nueva Ecija congressman Rodolfo Antonino, that he and his party mates “will block any attempt”to have the 15th Congress investigate the alleged wrongdoings of the Arroyo regime.

All these are taking place against the backdrop of Lakas -Kampi members defecting to the Liberal Party or pledging support for Belmonte’s bid for the speakership.

A lawyer friend accurately dubs the shifting loyalties as “the season of the political ‘maka-pilis’, the war-time collaborators who wore bags over their heads as they betrayed their compatriots.

Not only is this survivalist maneuvering taking place in Lakas-Kampi but in government entities were macapalis are appearing.

Vintage Pinoy politics – alliances of convenience to protect vested interests.

POSTSCRIPT

We’ll be remiss if the issues Mrs. Arroyo avoided talking about are not pointed out:

Uninterrupted mass poverty and jobless growth;continuing human rights violations highlighted by the unsolved Maguindanao massacre and the wanton killing of journalists;lack of accountability and transparency in governance, and corruption in government agencies.

The list goes on…


But tonight it appeared like tears were welling up in her eyes as Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo went on national television for her farewell address.

The Filipino ‘iron butterfly’ chose not to ramble about the achievements of her hugely unpopular 9-year reign.

In bullet fashion GMA focused on “the strides in infrastructure development through 37 quarters of GDP growth.”

Mrs. Macapagal Arroyo even called her Lakas-Kampi party mates to support the incoming administration of Noynoy Aquino.

Her party secretary general, Reginald Velasco, interviewed after GMA’s 4-minute-46-second-long remarks, even acknowledged that the group of aspiring Speaker Feliciano Belmomte as “the incoming majority” in the 15th Congress.

So there, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has signaled her intellectual, and emotional readiness to relinquish power.

The only curious thing – her farewell statement came on the exact same day that her outgoing defense secretary, Norberto Gonzales, announced he was “forming a shadow Cabinet” as counter balance to the new administration.

He’s most surely free to do so. A most curious timing this Arroyo loyalist has.

Add to this the announcement of another GMA loyalist, Nueva Ecija congressman Rodolfo Antonino, that he and his party mates “will block any attempt”to have the 15th Congress investigate the alleged wrongdoings of the Arroyo regime.

All these are taking place against the backdrop of Lakas -Kampi members defecting to the Liberal Party or pledging support for Belmonte’s bid for the speakership.

A lawyer friend accurately dubs the shifting loyalties as “the season of the political ‘maka-pilis’, the war-time collaborators who wore bags over their heads as they betrayed their compatriots.

Not only is this survivalist maneuvering taking place in Lakas-Kampi but in government entities were macapalis are appearing.

Vintage Pinoy politics – alliances of convenience to protect vested interests.

POSTSCRIPT

We’ll be remiss if the issues Mrs. Arroyo avoided talking about are not pointed out:

Uninterrupted mass poverty and jobless growth;continuing human rights violations highlighted by the unsolved Maguindanao massacre and the wanton killing of journalists;lack of accountability and transparency in governance, and corruption in government agencies.

The list goes on…

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