Reclaiming power at all cost

Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s lust for power certainly knows no limits. The former president turned representative and now Speaker of the House showed this week that she is hell bent on again becoming president or prime minister, whatever the cost.

She denies it, but a so-called GMA Constitution was revealed this week showing that the version of the charter that she wants submitted to the people for approval is as self-serving as it can get.

For one, Macapagal-Arroyo wants to lift term limits for all elected politicians. This can only lead to political dynasties being institutionalized, as it was in the past.

The Speaker is an intelligent person. She knows that political dynasties do more harm than good to the people. She knows that the Philippines can never move forward for as long as political dynasties rule and deprive poor but deserving leaders the chance to handle the reins of government at all levels.

But because she is herself a member of a political dynasty, the good of the nation be damned.

This deceitful woman is also making sure that a duly elected vice president of the republic must be excluded from any possible transfer of power in the event anything happens to the incumbent president.

In her version of the constitution, Macapagal-Arroyo singled out Vice President LeniRobredo by bypassing her and making the Senate President the next in line in succession. After the Senate President, the Speaker of the House takes over.

Convenient, isn’t it? She has placed herself in the position to take over should anything happen to the incumbent president as part of the transitory provisions under the proposed charter. In her mind, the incumbent Senate President, the political lightweight Tito Sotto, will be easy to disregard or disposed of under such a future scenario.

No further proof is needed that the former president who faked a neck injury in order to win the sympathy of the public during her years of incarceration — or hospital arrest to be precise – wants to reclaim the near absolute power she exercised during her nine-year presidency.

President Rodrigo Duterte had better watch his back. Macapagal-Arroyo may not even wait before she takes any more steps to weaken the lame duck president.

Remember how she assumed the Speakership during Mr. Duterte’s state of the nation address earlier this year? She did so behind his back, practically humiliating him in the process.

The Filipino word for her is trapo, literally rag but also an acronym for traditional politician.

Perhaps she suffers from a Napoleonic  Complex, or maybe she has become hopelessly addicted to political power. She may even be a megalomaniac who believes she is the sole salvation of the Philippines from certain doom.

Whatever the case may be, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo appears set to accomplish what the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos could not. With the help of her fellow trapos in the House of Representatives who are under her payroll, she has every intention of reclaiming Malacanang as soon as possible.

If this happens, we can only weep for our beloved motherland.

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