“The love of money is corrosive. And sadly, the desire to make the easy kind by being imaginative and manipulative, corrupts absolutely. Stolen wealth does not make the thief respectable. Neither will the trappings of wealth mask [nor] cap the stink that thievery exudes. One day, justice will catch up with those who steal government funds. And when that day comes, it will be the public who will have its retribution” – Rodrigo Duterte extract from the State of the Union 2018 (23.07.2018).
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is lucky that she is out of prison and not serving more time for the scandals she has had in the past. The way power has evolved her and consumed her. So, that she got elevated to Speaker of the House yesterday before the State of the Union 2018. That is why I have to use an extract from the current President Rodrigo Duterte, who claims to fight corruption, but still have to keep her around. Even after all her scandals and public misuse of trust. She is the epitome of what Duterte are about to fight, unless it is just empty words.
I will show a few fragments of the “Hello Garci” Scandal, as that is the worst one, where she used the post-election time to rig the election in her favor. This was done with manipulated results from Mindanao by COMELEC Officials that she had appointed in the months before the election. That was deliberate activity to keep herself in power and get another term in office. There other scandals she has been a part of, but rigging yourself into power and misuse that trust should never be forgiven. As how can anyone trust her now?
These are just a few reports, who can wonder if she rigged herself into becoming the Speaker of the House yesterday to take the position from Pantaleon Alvarez. Duterte should remember what she has done and should impeach her, if he is legit about fighting corrupt people. As the Arroyo administration isn’t what he should be associated with. That is is if he wants to end in another light than her.
First comes an old report from COSCA, which states what PCAD reported about the elections, before a year later, what the Philippines Center for Investigative Journalism wrote in 2005 and what Ager wrote in Philippine Daily Inquirer in 2011. All of which explains different part of the scandal and shows the extent that Arroyo went too, to get a second term.
“According to members of the People’s Congress of Authentic Democracy (PCAD), our nation is in deep crisis because of the credibility of the electoral process has been totally undermined by the ease with which the Arroyo administration has used the whole bureaucracy and state resources to perpetuate itself in power” (Gregorio L. Quitangon – ‘RP in the midst of political and Economical Crisis’ September 2004, COSCA – Palaso Volume 1 Issue 5).
““He set up the infrastructure for cheating,” says Sen. Aquilino Pimentel, who has heard the “Garci” recording and who led the opposition protest against alleged vote rigging in the 2004 elections. “He was the operator for Gloria. He knew how the cheating was done in Mindanao and he manipulated the vote so GMA’s lead would not be less than one million.” In an interview with journalists on June 7, just days before his mysterious disappearance, Garcillano denied all these allegations and insisted it was not his voice on the tape. But several Comelec officials interviewed by the PCIJ as well as former Comelec chair Christian Monsod confirm it is indeed Garcillano’s voice that is in the recording” (…) “The wiretapped recordings, which start on May 17, 2004, a week after elections, and end on June 18, give little indication of Garcillano’s role during the election campaign and the actual voting. It is, however, a treasure trove for uncovering the postelection manipulation of the results. It is apparent from the conversations that Garcillano was the orchestrator, the conductor of a symphony of fraud, at least for Mindanao” (Sheila S. Coronel – ‘Master Operator’ 02.07.2005, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism)
“Nagamura Moner told the Senate committee that he paid the election officers in some areas in Mindanao to change the results in favor of Arroyo. “What was the money for?” asked Senate President Juan Ponce-Enrile. “It was to pay the election officers…because at that time, the results of the counting showed that (Fernando Poe Jr) was winning by landslide,” Moner said. “You were bribing election officers?” Enrile asked again. “Yes your honor although I have not met them,” Moner said. Moner said a total of 400,000 pesos (US$9,300) was spent in Tawi-Tawi and 500,000 pesos ($12,000) in Sulu to change the results of the elections in these areas. Moner said he was tapped by then Philippine Ports Authority general manager Alfonso Cusi for the operation because his brother -in -law, Efren Bollozos, was working as manager of the PPA” (Maila Ager, Philippine Daily Inquirer, September 13, 2011).
She might won the case: [P.E.T. CASE No. 002. March 29, 2005] RONALD ALLAN POE a.k.a. FERNANDO POE, JR., protestant, vs. GLORIA MACAPAGAL-ARROYO, as the resolution claimed that Poe Jr. and Party hadn’t enough merit to claim rigging or election fraud. However, with the “Hello Garci” tapes have proven, what people knew and why the results from Mindanao took so long time to be verified. As the results was doctored to favor Arroyo’s administration. Therefore, she is not a righteous leader. Even if she has been released in 2016 after a few years in prison. She still, will be remembered for the cheating to stay in power. That is why it is weird to get her as Speaker in this time and day. People should never forget what she did and what she has done.
It isn’t like this story will end. Because this history will follow her. Arroyo will be remembered for her ways and what she has done in the past as a politician. It is not like the tally hasn’t changed.
When you as corrupt as you are known for stealing elections, you should be shunned from roles so high to power as the speaker. Arroyo shouldn’t be this high up, she should been under investigation or even barred from entering the premises of the august house. That is if there is justice in this world and someone aren’t more entitled than others.
Arroyo or GMA should have not fought for this position. Hopefully all her old sins gets into the public. Not only “Hello Garci”, but all the rest of them, also the victims of her extra-judicial killings in the early start of the millennium, that Human Rights Watch has written about back-in-the-day. All of this should pop-up in the atmosphere and she should answer for that. Not guide the August House. She got nothing to do there, except for entitlement. Peace.