Philippine President Gloria Arroyo Filed Candidacy for Lower Post

Posted Dec 1, 2009 by Leo Reyes
Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has finally made official her secret plan to get elected to a lower political position after she steps down from her presidency in 2010.
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo whose term expires in 2010 has filed her certificate of candidacy for congresswoman of the second district of Pampanga, her father's home province.
The country is holding a national election in 2010. At stake in next year's elections include the positions of President, Vice-President, Senators, Congressmen, Governors, Vice Governors, Board Members, Mayors, Vice-Mayors, City and Municipal Councilors.
The incumbent president is on her last terms and she is barred from seeking reelection under the provision of the Philippine constitution.
President Arroyo's term in office has been marred by controversies ranging for alleged graft and corruption involving her husband Mike Arroyo and some members of her cabinet.
Arroyo has fought impeachment proceedings for her involvement in the alleged rigging and tampering of election returns during the last national elections. She fought against Fernando Poe, Jr. a popular movie actor and won by a slim margin.
The biggest worry of Ms Arroyo’s political foes appeared to be that she might use a seat in Congress as a launching pad to become prime minister, in case of a shift to a parliamentary government
Prior to her filing of the certificate of candidacy, the president speaking over a government-run radio network said she realized after“much contemplation” that “I am not ready to step down completely from public service.”
“As you know, the people of my home district in Pampanga want me to remain in public life,” she said in a mix of Filipino and English
. “So after much soul-searching, I have decided to respond affirmatively to their call.”
Mrs. Arroyo said she hopes to be a champion for the poor in Congress and work to uplift the economy.
“To that end, I will file my candidacy for Congress in order to serve the hardworking people of my home province,” she said.
Upon learning of her candidacy, politicians and cause-oriented groups have voiced their apprehension and fears that Arroyo will try to perpetuate herself in power once she gets elected in congress by working with her political allies in making amendments to the constitution to give way for a parliamentary system where she can be elected as Prime Minister.
Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casiño said yesterday he has never seen a leader so obsessed with power as Mrs. Arroyo.
“After nine years of occupying the highest office of the land, she would still aspire for a lower position with her two sons and two in-laws,” he said.
“She is drunk with power and can’t get enough. I think she needs professional help.”