Manila Times columnist decries power grabber allegation against Arroyo: “Was Sotto’s assumption to office branded as a power grab?”

After former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo made a successful comeback in politics by assuming the leadership in the lower house, critics who are obviously threatened called the former President a power grabber.

In his Manila Times column, Rolly Reyes defended the former President and House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo from the unfair allegation.

Reyes remarked that Arroyo was endorsed by 184 congressmen (with only 12 abstaining) to replace Alvarez.

Reyes asked, “Did she ask for it? Of course not.”

Reyes recalled that when the former President was removed by Alvarez from her post as Deputy Speaker for standing her ground as pro-life advocate, she did not even make a noise, but simply get down to work to legislate bills that would benefit the less fortunate, plight of women for equal access and more care for older citizens.

On the allegation on social media that the former president became president by a power grab?

Reyes said this is certainly untrue. In other words fake news.

Reyes recalled that it was Cardinal Sin/CBCP, Cory Aquino, FVR, Angelo Reyes, Orly Mercado and SC Chief Justice Hilario Davide who helped install her as President. As the vice-president, Arroyo was the rightful successor when Estrada left Malacañang. And even the SC headed by Hilario Davide ruled in favor GMA as Estrada’s successor.

Apparently peeved by the critics’ allegations, Reyes asked the critics that “when the Senate leadership changed from Koko Pimentel to Tito Sotto – was Sotto’s assumption to office branded as a power grab?”

Former rebel soldier and official Abe Purugganan aptly summarized the desperation Arroyo’s critics in 3 sentences on Facebook and read: “The opposition is in panic. There is always a day of reckoning. They cannot put a good woman down.”

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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 Malacañang. 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.

From: Rolly Reyes, Manila Times Columnist.

Netizen Met Bautista agreed with Reyes argument

“It was not a power grab. This has been floating a long time ago. Alvarez failed to steer the HoR in enacting the necessary legislation for PRRD’s economic programs especially his flagship Build, Build, Build. GMA as an economist understands PRRD’s economic programs like reading the palm of her hand. Besides, she can well blend with the President’s economic managers and they understand very well what is good for our economy, for the people and for our country. Go go go. #ProPH”

Netizen Antonio Tamayo also defended House Speaker Gloria Arroyo from the allegation.

Fact is 1) Ex President GMA is a non vindictive leader as shown by giving amnesty to the Oakwood Coup plotters including ingrato Senator Trillanes and a pardon to her detractor convicted ex President Joseph Estrada.
2) the Supreme Court ruled that she was not guilty of the charges of corruption she was charged with.
3) she quietly suffered the injustice of the 2 year incarceration under ex President BS Aquino and SDOJ Laila De Lima.
4) she continued public service by being a 3 time Congress Representative of Pampanga.
5) she was elected as Speaker of HOR by an overwhelming vote of 184-12.
How can anyone miss these glaring truths?

Sol Nolasco offered her advice to critics.

“POWER GRAB my ass! April pa dapat ang change na yn! Alam ng mga workers sa house.
Rant all you want basta GMA is where she should be now”

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