Manila Times Columnist Explains Why There's No "Power Grab" in House Speaker Gloria Arroyo's Positions

Veteran journalist and prominent columnist of The Manila Times, Rolly Reyes defended the newly-installed House Speaker and former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (GMA) for his alleged power grabbing activities as a politicians.



According to Rolly Reyes there's no power grab in the recent ascencion of Rep. Gloria Arroyo to become the new House Speaker of the House of Representatives because a total of 184 congressmen, with only 12 abstaining, endorsing her to replace Rep. Alvarez, she did not ask for it.

Progressive lawmakers forming the Makabayan bloc opposed the speakership of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, calling her a plunderer and murderer aside from saying that it was indeed a "naked power grab."



The veteran columnist also revealed that Rep. Arroyo just kept quiet when she was removed as Deputy Speaker for standing her ground as pro-life advocate and we didn't hear her rant or complain against Alvarez's move, instead she just continued her legislative work and focused on filing bills that could better the lives of the less fortunate, plight of women for equal access and more care for older citizens.

Rolly Reyes also enumerated that previous positions  held by House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and provided some evidences that there's indeed no "Power Grabbing" activities during the time when she assumed various higher positions in the national government.

Here's the Complete Column of The Manila Times Columnist:

Power grab? With 184 congressmen (with only 12 abstaining) endorsing her to replace Alvarez? Did she ask for it? Of course not.

She just kept quiet when she was removed as Deputy Speaker for standing her ground as pro-life advocate. Did we hear her rant or complain against Alvarez’s move? She just continued her legislative work focused on filing bills that could better the lives of the less fortunate, plight of women for equal access and more care for older citizens.



On Edsa 2:

It was Cardinal Sin/CBCP, Cory Aquino, FVR, Angelo Reyes, Orly Mercado and SC Chief Justice Hilario Davide who helped install her as President. Remember that she was VP then and the rightful successor when Estrada left MalacaƱang. The SC ruled in PGMA’s favor that with Erap leaving the palace, he made the position vacant. And you call that power grab when everything was done in accordance with the law? Erap lambasted her when he was found guilty but it it was PGMA who granted her clemency when he was about to be transferred to Bilibid Prisons.

Was it her who influenced Manny Villar and HOR to file an impeachment case just to grab power? Was it her who pressured Chavit to expose Erap’s jueteng anomalies just to grab power? When she assumed the presidency it was SHE who was the subject of a power grab as plotted by the same group of ruling elite assisted by the infamous Hyatt 10. So what power grab are we talking about here? After her presidency, she and CJ Rene Corona were the ones villified and persecuted for giving back Hacienda Luisita to the tillers who are the rightful owners. Is abiding by majority’s rule now termed as a power grab.

When the Senate leadership changed from Koko Pimentel to Tito Sotto - was Sotto’s assumption to office branded as a power grab? That malicious interpretation of a power grab is the most vicious of all as it grabs our power to think rightly by distorting facts due to devilish political motives.

Source: The Manila Times

Manila Times Columnist Explains Why There's No "Power Grab" in House Speaker Gloria Arroyo's Positions Manila Times Columnist Explains Why There's No "Power Grab" in House Speaker Gloria Arroyo's Positions Reviewed by Phil Newsome on July 25, 2018 Rating: 5
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