Subok na! GMA to run for Pampanga rep under Lakas-CMD
By Billy Begas
Former President and Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo will run for district representative of Pampanga under the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (Lakas-CMD).
Arroyo filed her certificate of candidacy last Friday through her lawyer.
Lakas-CMD led by its president and House Majority Leader Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, party Secretary-General and Deputy Speaker Prospero Pichay Jr., and party spokesman and Pangasinan Rep. Christopher De Venecia welcomed the filing of Arroyo.
“(President) Arroyo has a proven track record with excellent credentials in leading our country to greater heights. Given her abilities, competence, fairness, sound judgment, commitment and focused leadership, she will be a very promising leader and a tremendous asset to the incoming 19th Congress,” Lakas-CMD said in a statement.
In 2017, Arroyo took her oath as member of the ruing PDP-Laban.
She however remained as President Emeritus of Lakas-CMD.
Her bid to come back to the House of Representatives has stirred speculation that she will try to vie for the speakership again.
Rumors that she will run for Congress started after she met Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio who is being pushed to run for president few months ago.
There were claims that Carpio was behind the ouster of Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez as Speaker in 2018. Alvarez was replaced by Arroyo.
Lakas-CMD is allied with Carpio’s Hugpong Ng Pagbabago, a regional party.
To be able to run for president Carpio should be adopted by a national party like Lakas-CMD.
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