Noynoy over Gibo in 2010
Critics say Romulo’s in-your face defection shows GMA now a lameduck president
Rabid critics of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo identified with the fisherfolk alliance Pamalakaya on Tuesday said the announcement of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo of his support to the presidential bid of Liberal Party standard bearer Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III is an indication that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is losing her grip on most trusted men in the Cabinet, and that she is now officially a lame duck president.
“That in-your face declaration of Secretary Romulo indicates that not all the president’s men are happy with her decision to pick Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro as the administration bet in the 2010 elections. More and more cabinet secretaries and officials will soon come out in the open to speak on their preferred bets in 2010, and that leaves GMA into a lonely lonesome political animal,” said Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap in a press statement.
Hicap said the resignation of another official- Commissioner Jaime Jacob of the Presidential Anti-Graft Commission (PAGC) is also a strong hint that more officials of the Arroyo administration are waiting for the opportune moment to leave the Arroyo presidency and back specific presidential and senatorial candidates in the 2010 elections.
“The trend of mass defection is expected to fast-track or escalate once we get near the official filing of candidacies in the next two months. President Arroyo saw it’s coming that’s why she immediately crack the party whip on all cabinet members,” the Pamalakaya leader added.
Secretary Romulo was in London and was accompanying the President in her 3-nation trip when he announced his support to the son of the late President Corazon Aquino and the late Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr.
“Imagine that, Secretary Romulo was with the President when he announced that highly irritating annoucement as far as mrs. Arroyo is concerned. This is really annoying on the part of GMA, but we are happy to note that,” said Hicap.