Ayaw mo mamili? Duterte ‘threatens’ to jail GMA anew
President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to send House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo back to jail– over the neck and neck race for the speakership.
In a speech before newly elected officials in Malacañang, Duterte said he asked Arroyo to choose the next House Speaker on his behalf when they met Monday (June 24) at the Hugpong ng Pagbabago’s victory party.
“Sabi ko, ‘Ma’am, wag mo na ako bigyan ng problema. Tutal pawala ka na rin. Pagkatapos nito ilang sunod buwan wala ka ng silbi. You don’t have to worry about anything’. Sabi ko, ‘Ikaw na ang mamili ng Speaker’… ‘Wag mo na akong bigyan ng sakit ng loob because they are all my friends. I don’t want to hurt anybody’,” he said Tuesday (June 25).
Duterte, however, said Arroyo’s long time aide, Medy Poblador, told him she does not want to endorse anyone in the speakership race.
“Sabi ko, ‘Medy, sabihin mo, tang*na, ayaw niya mamili pakulong ko siya uli,’” he said in jest.
Arroyo was detained for four years at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City over a plunder case in connection with the alleged misuse of P366 million in state lottery funds.
She was acquitted by the Supreme Court in July 2016.