Former Speaker Gloria Arroyo denied coup vs. Romualdez


Former President and former House Speaker Gloria on Friday denied any plan to oust incumbent House Speaker Martin Romualdez.

Arroyo issued the statement after she was demoted her from rile as Senior Deputy Speaker to Deputy Speaker.

She admitted that she wanted to be House Speaker after President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. won the presidential elections last year, but gave way to the president’s choices.

“But it soon became apparent that he was most comfortable with then Congress Martin Romaldez as Speaker. I quickly realized the wisdom embedded in that sentiment,” Arroyo said.

However, she rejected the allegations that she will replace Romualdez as House Speaker.

“When I learned that there were reports that I was suspected of plotting a ‘coup’ against Speaker Romualdez, I decided I must speak out to clarify my political position. Indeed, some of my actions may have been misconstrued, such as my recent trip with a delegation of Congressmen to Korea for some official meetings,” she said.

“To be clear, my political objectives are three: First, to represent the 2nd district of Pampanga. Second, to support the legislative agenda of Speaker Romualdez and President Marcos. Third, to use whatever experience I have as a former President to help out when I am called upon to do so.

“Outside of my role as Congresswoman, my public interest going forward is to help reduce tensions between the United States and China, given that I was strongly allied to both countries when I was President,” Arroyo said.

The former president said that she does not seek to be the House Speaker again.

Arroyo was Speaker of the House in the 17th Congress from 2018-2019 after congressmen voted her to replace then Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.

“This has been my position ever since Speaker Romaldez was elected in the 19th Congress, and I continue to urge my Lakas-SMD. partymates to support our party President in that role,” she said.

“This time, I am a mere Congresswoman, so issues of national importance no longer depend on my role in Congress. Thus, I have no compelling reasons to change my mind about foregoing my ambitions for the Speakership,” she added.

She said that she is expecting to douse fire into every speculation.
Catherine R. Cueto

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