10 senators had ‘issues’ with Arroyo- Sotto to Duterte

10 senators had ‘issues’ with Arroyo- Sotto to Duterte

10 senators had 'issues' with Arroyo- Sotto to Duterte

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.

Arroyo’s legislators

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.


  1. Iba naman ang nakaraan sa kasalukuyan. Iyan ang kadalasan na problema nating mga pinoy, inuungkat pa ang mga bagay na ibinaon na sa limot. Move on na tayo. Hindi maikakaila na magaling si SGMA. Ibatay na lang sa kakayahan niyang mamuno imbes na husgahan kung anong nangyari taon na ang nakalipas.

  2. Well SGMA, don’t worry about them. If they had an issue about you then let them. As long as you do your job and prove them they’re wrong. Go SGMA! Saludo kami sayo. More positive results!

  3. No matter what just continue doing what you have started SGMA. We know you won’t let those negative issues put you down. Fighting SGMA!

  4. I believe in SGMA’s true intention. Ans we believe na she’s doing her best for the country and for my kababayan. Saludo kami sa inyong pinapakita SGMA. We would always be thankful for helping this government and Duterte’s Administration dahil sa kabila ng lahat ng mga problema ay nahihikayat mo pa rin gumawa ng mabuti at magkaroon ng magandang resulta. With you, I believe magagawang tumayo ulit ng inang bayan. I hope and wish for it someday it will happen.

  5. Ngayon pa lang nga ay may mga visible results na. What more kung tatagal pa dib? Di bale ng may mga ayaw sayo, atleast you’re proving yourself na mali sila ng mga paratang sayo. Well, SGMA still the brightest person I’ve known in the politics. Kudos to you SGMA!

  6. It’s okay to have haters. In that way eh mas machachallenge si SGMA to do her task and do more para wala na silang masabi. Well, kahit na anong gawin eh may masasabi’t masasabi pa rin naman eh. It’s up to SGMA na lang kung papatulan niya but I know being someone as SGMA di niya gagawin yun. I know for sure na mas lalo niyang ipapakita sa kanila yung kagalingan niya. Saludo ho kami sa inyo SGMA!

  7. SGMA won’t let those haters distract her. As long as she knows what’s the right thing to do to correct this “baluktod na sistema” then I know she’ll do her best. Cha-cha and federalism will help this country or even the economy. I hope it will be stablish soon. #PushCHACHA #SGMAforFederalism

  8. I know di titiklop si SGMA dyan sa mga haka-haka ng mga senator. Kayang-kaya ni SGMA silang ihandle being a professional and a leader with a heart. We hope for more projects, good results, to come SGMA. We’re always here to support you until the end of your term. Laban lang!

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