Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo maintained she has no hand in the alleged plot to unseat House Speaker Martin Romualdez.
In a statement Sunday (May 28), Arroyo denied Politiko’s blind item that she was “duped” by a congresswoman into thinking that the alleged House coup had the blessing of First Lady Liza Araneta Marcos.
“I am truly sorry that she should even be dragged into this political fantasy of a House coup – it is disrespectful to her and to her intelligence,” she said.
Arroyo said it is a “fact of life” that no coup in the House could succeed without the president’s consent.
“I made a humble contribution to the joining of forces that became the UniTeam, and the resulting supermajority in the House is a major force for delivering our President’s agenda. Thus, I would never take any action to destroy it,” she said.
“I did not have any conversation, here or abroad, with any congressman or congresswoman, or any other politician active or retired, to plot, support, encourage or participate in any way in any alleged House coup,” Arroyo added.
Rumors about a plot to replace Romualdez surfaced after Arroyo was demoted from being a Senior Deputy Speaker. She denied eyeing the speakership again but admitted that some of her actions, including traveling to South Korea with some lawmakers last April, might have been misconstrued.
Romualdez, for his part, said any attempt to destabilize the House should be “nipped in the bud.”
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