Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

Gloria Arroyo eyes return to House in 2022

Gloria Arroyo eyes return to House in 2022

GLORIA ARROYO. File photo shows then-Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo presides a House session.

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Former president Gloria Arroyo is reportedly shelving her political retirement plan to again run for representative of the 2nd District of Pampanga

Former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is eyeing a return to the House of Representatives in 2022.

Arroyo’s eldest son Pampanga 2nd District Representative Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo confirmed this, according to various media outlets.

ABS-CBN reported that according to Mikey, his mother had accepted the Lakas-CMD’s nomination as its congressional candidate in the 2nd District of Pampanga, which she had represented for three consecutive terms, from 2010 to 2019.

Arroyo, president-emeritus of Lakas-CMD, served as House speaker for nearly a year, starting July 23, 2018, until the end of the 17th Congress.

Arroyo did not seek another elective position after her third term as Pampanga congresswoman ended in 2019, saying on several occasions that she was retiring from politics.

She spent her last few months as speaker in 2019, in what she called her “sentimental journey” to places that defined her presidency as well as her stint as House leader.

Arroyo was also widely rumored to be up for a Cabinet appointment after her supposed retirement from politics in 2019. Duterte appointed her as Presidential Adviser on Clark Flagship Programs and Projects in November 2020.

Arroyo first entered politics as a senator in 1992. She won the vice presidency in 1998, then assumed the presidency following Joseph Estrada’s ouster in 2001. She initially said she would not run for president in 2004 to help heal a country still divided by the ouster of Estrada, but she later did, saying she wanted to help steer the country to progress.

Arroyo won the 2004 presidential elections that was marred by fraud allegations and the infamous “Hello, Garci” scandal. –