Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (GMA), the 2nd longest President of the Philippines (2001 to mid-2010) is possibly next to Ferdinand Marcos (President, 1965-February 1986, 20 years in power) in number of political scandals and corruption charges. Here are some of them, as expressed by the cartoons posted in the web from various sources.
1. Hello Garci, cheating in the 2004 Presidential elections
2. ZTE-NBN scandal
More than $320 million of Philippine government deal, a big portion of it were for kickbacks, was discovered as there were many witnesses. From former House Speaker Joe de Venecia's son, Joey de Venecia to several government officials.
Remember the alphabet song, "ABC"? Filipinos who are creative in inventing jokes composed a funny song out of it. "A-B-Z-T-E-F-G..." :-)
In the succeeding Senate investigations, Neri did not cooperate with the Senate anymore, kept silent citing "Executive privilege." Joe de Venecia was angry at his former tauhan, of course. In exchange for his silence at further implicating GMA, Gloria appointed him as head of the Social Security System (SSS).
3. Global travels
Family menbers like hubby Mike Arroyo, children, were also among the members of the entourage in some countries.
To reduce such risk, she ran as a Congresswoman, and there were loud speculations then that she could be running as Speaker of the House. It did not happen as her political party was routed in the 2010 Presidential and local elections.
4. Ampatuan connection
Her name was dragged naturally because the perpetrators, the Ampatuan clan -- Governor of Maguindanao province, about 2 sons were Mayors of (2) municipalities, many other relatives were provincial and municipal officials -- gave her huge lead over opponent Fernando Poe Jr. during the 2004 Presidential elections.
Unfortunately, the case is dragging until now, more than one year after the massacre.
5. Gloria magic
Rock on, Gloria.
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