Noynoy Aquino to GMA: "What can she do as Speaker?"

Noynoy Aquino to GMA: "What can she do as Speaker?"

Former President Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino seems to be in the news lately.

Last Saturday, he was one of the guests ( along with the entire Liberal Party membership) during the confernment of the Liberal International’s prize of freedom Award to opposition and detained senator Leila de Lima.
Former Presidents Benigno Aquino and now Speaker of the House of Representatives Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (photo credit to Philstar)

The former President was asked about his thoughts regarding the ascension of his predecessor to the Speakership of the House of Representatives during last week’s State of the Nation of the President Duterte.

The former chief executive doubts if former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo can still do something significant as head of the House of Representatives, since she is already in her last term and there are only a few months before the end of the 17th Congress, and she is not allowed to run for re-election as the 2nd district representative of Pampanga.

“Ano pa bang magagawa niya sa Kongreso sa natitirang period na ito? (What else can she do within this period)?”  Aquino said to reporters .


He even cites from his experience, that usually in this point in time members of the House are already busy with their own re-election bids this coming 2019 mid-term elections.


When asked about this thoughts regarding GMA’s ascension as Speaker of the House of Representatives, Noynoy said it is up to the people to say if they agree with the members of the House who voted for her.


“Next year, may eleksyon. Bahala na yung mga constituents kausapin yung kanilang kinatawan (Next year, there’s going to be an election. Let constituents talk to their representatives),” he said. “Sila na magsasabi happy ba kami sa iyo o hindi (They will say whether they are happy with Arroyo or not),” he said.

The former president was also asked by reporters regarding the possibility of his predecessor becoming prime minister under the new form of government that is being pushed by the Duterte administration, he merely said that it remains “speculative” since the push to change the charter remains to be realized.

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