MANILA (March 26) – President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s son, Pampanga Representative Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo and another lawmaker, Leyte Representative Martin Romualdez could have a lot of explaining to do.
Bayan Muna Rep. Teodoro Casino said he plans to file a resolution with the House Ethics Committee to investigate their role in an alleged offer to former House Speaker Jose de Venecia of getting back his old post in exchange for his support of a resolution to convene a constituent assembly to amend the 1987 Constitution.
“Who are they to offer the Speakership to anyone? Was Mikey doing this in behalf of his mother? Is the Speakership now equivalent to a SARO (Special Allotment Release Order) to be used as a carrot and stick for the President’s bidding? Was Speaker Nograles offered the same thing?” Casino asked.
Arroyo has denied making such an offer to De Venecia; he said it was De Venecia who had offered to help.
Press Secretary Cerge Remonde said the accusation by the former Speaker is “nonsense” and that “the talk of charter change is dead.”
Meanwhile, in a press conference held in his office, Speaker Prospero Nograles said the President has never talked to him about Charter change and could not believe that the President’s son is behind his ouster.
“I don’t know the motive of the former Speaker, if he wants the Speakership, he has to fight for it.”
De Venecia was replaced by Nograles after his son, Jose De Venecia II, linked the President’s husband to the failed $329 million deal with China’s ZTE Corp. for the National Broadband Network (NBN) project.