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GMA ain’t yearning for lost power: You should know when your time is up and not cling to a post

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Former Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo doesn’t yearn for her glory days in Malacanang first as a presidential daughter and second as president herself.

“I don’t miss those days because I’m not one to be attached to those perks and privileges,” said Arroyo in an interview with Martin Nievera’s talk show on ANC.

Arroyo was 14-years old when her father, Diosdado Macapagal, won as president in 1961. She returned to Malacanang in 2001 as president (during the EDSA People Power Revolution II which ousted then president Joseph Estrada) and stayed there until 2010.

“When you are the president, you have to accept and respect the responsibility, but you also have to have the wisdom to realize when your time is up and not cling to a post,” said Arroyo who survived mutinies, a mass Cabinet resignation, corruption scandals and poll cheating allegations during her turbulent years in office.

Arroyo said during her Malacanang days, she learned first hand what the quote – “Be nice to people on your way up because you will meet them on your way down” – meant.

Arroyo believed that her road to the presidency was God’s call. “If you are a politician, you can plan your career until you are senator. Beyond that, that is divine providence,” said Arroyo who was elected as senator in 1992 and vice president in 1998.

Arroyo isn’t one who dwells on the past. “I don’t introspect about regrets, I’m just grateful the Lord gave me the rare privilege of serving as president,” she said.

Arroyo said her biggest legacy is her move to revive the country’s fiscal stability from the ashes of the 1998 global financial meltdown.

With more revenues raised, she said the government was able to build more infrastructure, improve economy, and reduce poverty from 39 percent to 26 percent in 2010. If President Rodrigo Duterte would hit his target of slashing poverty to this has resulted in reducing poverty to 14 percent, Arroyo said her generation should be proud of being able to change the lives of millions of Filipinos in just two decades.

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