You reap what you sow
After holding on to power for ten years following her successful extra-constitutional takeover of the government reigns from Joseph “Erap” Estrada, the duly elected president of the country, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is now being hounded by the ghost of her past and history seems to be repeating the Erap story only this time she is the main character.
Erap, after Arroyo eagerly booted him out of Malacañang, was immediately charged and tried before the Sandiganbayan, and convicted by the anti-graft court with plunder. He was hastily pardoned by Arroyo which was seen by many as sort of atonement for what she did to him.
It is unthinkable then and still is that Arroyo, the once powerful tenant of Malacañang, is now herself under arrest after being charged in a court of law with a non-bailable criminal offense of election sabotage.
Everybody thought GMA would get away from it all especially when she ran for and won a seat in the House of Representative, a move perceived by many political observers as a “smart move” to protect her from prosecution after all GMA has remained a potent political force even when she is already out of Malacañang.
Arroyo also apparently banked on the forgetful and forgiving nature of the Filipino.
Maybe she thought every controversy during her unpopular reign would be forgotten, that she could rehabilitate herself at the right time and that the sins of her leadership would be covered by the sins of today’s administration.
Perhaps that’s the reason why she stayed to become a representative of the second district of Pampanga even after leaving the people’s palace along the banks of the Pasig River.
Take note that next to the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, Arroyo is the most unpopular tenant of Malacañang since World War II.
But lo and behold, her preparations seems to be for naught for she has recently desperately tried to leave the country in what government lawyers said is an obvious move to avoid prosecution.
It is fortunate that the government decided to prevent her even if the means it employed can be consi-dered “extra-constitutional.”
Arroyo is now holed up in her P50k plus suite in St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig perhaps contemplating why things turned out this way.
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The events unfolding in our country seem to be a very good indication that we are now entering a period of modernization and that our government institutions are maturing as they become less and less affected by our feudal leaders.
President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III is right to prosecute GMA for her prosecution and possible conviction is a sign that the culture of impunity that became the hallmark of Arroyo’s reign is starting to whither.
End all acts of impunity by running after all those who had debts to the people Mr. President.
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