10 senators had ‘issues’ with Arroyo- Sotto to Duterte
Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto has counted at least 10 of 23 senators who may have had “issues”
with former President and now Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Sotto has come up with the number when President Rodrigo Duterte, after his state of the nation address
last Monday, asked his opinion about Arroyo as the new Speaker of the House.
The Senate President narrated his brief conversation with the President about Arroyo in an interview with
Radyo Inquirer 990AM on Thursday.
“Tinatanong n’ya (Duterte) ano ang tingin mo sa Senado , kung authority ni GMA (Arroyo’s initials). Ano sa
tingin mo sabi nya,” the Senate pioneer said.
(He [Duterte] was asking what’s my take at the Senate, if the [House] authority will be GMA’s.)
“Sabi ko, ako wala akong problema kaso marami ho sa mga kasamahan ko baka hindi ho komportable lang
dahil alam mo na, may mga nakaraan.”
(I disclosed to him I don’t have an issue with that, nonetheless, there a considerable measure of my partners who
may wind up awkward of the move since you know, there had been past issues.)
Sotto to keep away five LP
“At nabanggit ko nga, syempre hindi natin maiiwasan may five LP (Liberal Party) dun at tatlo sundalong naipakulong nya, yung isa hindi lang nahuli, tapos andun si (Senator) Grace Poe, nandun si JV,” Sotto included, alluding to Senator JV Ejercito.
(What’s more, as I have specified, we can’t keep away from that there are five LP, there are three [former] troopers she sent to imprison while one of them was not caught, there is Grace Poe, there is JV.)
Asked how the President responded, the Senate pioneer stated: Tatawa tawa si Presidente. Natatawa sya.” (The President was simply laughing. He was snickering.)
Poe was the girl of the late on-screen character Fernando Poe Jr. who was crushed by Arroyo in the 2004 surveys supposedly corrupted with gigantic deceiving, while Ejercito was the child of previous President Joseph Estrada, who was supplanted by Arroyo after an effective ouster move in 2001.
The five LP individuals in the Senate, then, are Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, Senators Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, Bam Aquino and Leila de Lima and Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto.
Drilon, Pangilinan, Aquino and De Lima are with the minority alliance while Recto is a piece of the dominant part gathering.
Asked in an instant message who could be the three officers he was alluding to in the radio meeting, Sotto indicated Senators Panfilo Lacson, Gringo Honasan and Antonio Trillanes.
Sotto however cleared up that the said legislators had “issues” with Arroyo yet not with her as the Speaker.
“Dahil wala kaming pakiaalam sa Speakership [We don’t have any worry with the Speakership],” said the Senate pioneer.
“It won’t influence our administrative work. I will see to [it],” Sotto included.
He conceded however that a portion of his partners, amid their council last Tuesday, raised worries of Arroyo turning into the leader should the Charter change (Cha-cha) activity pushes through.
“May mga nagbanggit.. e delikado itong Cha-cha pagka ganyan. Baka maging Prime Minister yan. Ganyan ang takbo ng isip nila [Someone recently specified that Cha-cha is confronting hazard if that is the situation. She may end up head administrator. That is the means by which they think],” Sotto said.