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The CGMA Brouhaha (or, How Low Can They Go?)

It all started with a “pinched nerve”.

Over time, it got worse, prompting doctors to recommend spinal surgery. This raised the possibility of Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, sued by different groups for numerous anomalies during her nine-year term as President, going abroad to seek treatment. It was widely perceived as another “Arroyo tactic” to evade prosecution (if not criminal liability).

Chaos ensued as Arroyo and her husband Mike hurried to the airport, but was stopped by Immigration authorities. Just hours ago before this incident, the Supreme Court prevented the Department of Justice from enforcing watch list orders on the Arroyos. Legal terminologies later were aplenty, as both the Arroyos and the Aquino administration went back and forth in defending their actions.

Then, DOJ and COMELEC charged Arroyo with electoral sabotage, in relation with allegations of cheating during the 2004 and 2007 elections. Currently, Arroyo is on hospital arrest in St. Luke’s Medical Center, Taguig City.

A Pasay Regional Trial Court ordered her transfer to Veterans Memorial Medical Center, a government hospital. But not before Arroyo’s spokesperson, Elena Bautista-Horn revealed a bombshell: that a certain “Put The Little Girl to Sleep” operation allegedly by the Aquino administration is underway, with the “Little Girl” interpreted as Gloria Arroyo herself.


This tweet of mine pretty sums up my reaction to all news related to Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo:

If you’re guilty, you’re guilty. If not, [then] you’re not. The courts decide on that, so please let them.

Both the Arroyos and the Aquino administration have their own agenda. Lots of drama will unfold, but still, nobody will budge. That’s why we have the courts to settle things once and for all. Despite having 12 Associate Justices appointed by Arroyo, the Supreme Court tries its best to be impartial. The judicial branch is the sole interpreter of laws, and I think we have to respect that.

The Arroyos can crop up all “excuses” in the world, but the fact remains that she has cases filed against her. Sooner or later, she has to face all that. She has to tell the court everything she knows, or at least her involvement in high-profile anomalies while she was President.

Whether the Aquino administration is right or wrong in its recent actions, time will tell. Lots of questions need answers. Most importantly, this one: how on earth did these anomalies happen under Arroyo’s watch?

I believe the government’s way to uncover the truth is keeping Arroyo here in the country and making her “face the music.” If they have allowed Arroyo to seek treatment abroad, who knows how long she will stay there, and how long will cases against her remain pending here.

Garcillano, Bedol, Ampatuan, de Venecia, Abalos, and others have already told their story. Now, it’s Arroyo’s turn. Until she confesses, more “uncomfortable” things will happen (to her, at least). The government will not stop in its pursuit of justice and closure, as long as Arroyo keeps her mouth sealed.



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