BIG FAMILY WAR ERUPTS BETWEEN THE ARROYOS AND DE VENECIAS
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TWO CORRUPT FAMILIES ARE IN THE FOREFRONT OF THE NEWS AGAIN, THE AFFAIRS OF THE COUNTRY HAS BEEN RUDELY SHOVED ASIDE WHILE POLITICAL DYNASTIES OF GLORIA MACAPAGAL ARROYO, THE CORRUPT PRESIDENT, AND JOSE DE VENECIA, THE EQUALLY CORRUPT SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE, ENGAGE IN A POLITICAL WAR THAT WILL CAUSE ANOTHER EMBARRASSMENT FOR THE COUNTRY.
DESPITE ALL THE RHETORICS OF RECONCILIATION AND UNITY FROM THESE LEADERS, THEIR TRUE COLORS ARE NOW SHOWING IN THEIR QUEST TO DEMONSTRATE THEIR OWN BRAND OF POWER PLAY BEFORE THE STRUGGLING MASSES.
Arroyo sons seek De Venecia ouster
MANILA, Philippines--Malacañang on Friday confirmed President Macapagal-Arroyo had thrown her support behind House Speaker Jose de Venecia in his bid to keep his post. But her two sons are leading her political allies in a campaign to oust him despite Ms Arroyos professed status quo stance.
Tomorrows golf game at Malacañang Parkto which all protagonists have been invitedwould show if the most serious threat to De Venecias 12-year grip on the House leadership has been defused, Palace officials said.
Lawmakers critical of De Venecias leadership scoffed at his claim the other day that Ms Arroyo wanted him to remain as Speaker, and vowed to press ahead with their campaign to remove him.
The ones in the forefront of moves to replace the Speaker are Mikey, Dato and Iggy Arroyo, Camarines Sur Rep. Luis Villafuerte said.
Villafuerte was referring to Ms Arroyos two sonsPampanga Rep. Juan Miguel Mikey Arroyo and Camarines Sur Rep. Diosdado Dato Macapagal-Arroyoand Negros Occidental Rep. Ignacio Arroyo.
I dont think the President will stop them from doing what they want, said Villafuerte, president of Kampi or Kabalikat ng Malayang Pilipino, which is Ms Arroyos party.
Ms Arroyo herself has refrained from making any direct statements on the issue, giving rise to speculation she may have another ace up her sleeve.
Villafuerte said the more than 121 lawmakers who had signed a manifesto expressing their loss of confidence in De Venecia would press ahead with plans to unseat him.
We will push through not later than Wednesday, he said.
Administration sources said Dato helped gather the signatures against De Venecia during a party of neophyte congressmen marking the birthday of one of them on Thursday night.
Zamboanga del Sur Rep. Antonio Cerilles (Nationalist Peoples Coalition) said that De Venecias meeting with the President on Thursday hadnt dampened the mood to replace him.
Cerilles said that he and the rest of the signatories to the manifesto would attempt to present this to De Venecia when session resumes Monday.
Mikey Arroyoan erstwhile ally of De Veneciamocked the Speakers efforts to enlist the Presidents support in his efforts to cling to power.
Why is JDV hiding under the skirt of the President? Mikey Arroyo said.
The Pampanga lawmaker has taken a leave of absence from Lakas, the party chaired by De Venecia but which Ms Arroyo heads as its president.
De Venecias top rival for speakership, Rep. Prospero Nograles, told the Inquirer he had no intention of throwing in the towel despite De Venecias claim of presidential backing.
There is no turning back, the Davao City lawmaker said.
Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye hinted that tomorrows game at the Malacañang Golf Course could show if the power struggle in the House has been resolved.
Ms Arroyo has also invited former President Fidel Ramos, a known De Venecia backer, to play golf with her.
Were inviting you to witness the event so you will see who will be there, and who will not be there, Bunye told reporters. Its a social event and I think the event will speak for itself.
Bunye refused to say whether the one who would win the game would end up with the Speakers chair.
Bunye only said that after the game, Lakas officials and stalwarts would meet to discuss the agenda of the Lakas-CMD national directorate assembly on Feb. 7.
The latest verbal skirmishes among the top leaders of the ruling Lakas-CMD coalition were triggered by De Venecias claim after Thursdays meeting with Ms Arroyo that she supported his House leadership and wanted to preserve the status quo.
De Venecia indicated the presidential support was in exchange for the silence of his son, Joey de Venecia III, on the scrapped $329-million National Broadband Network telecommunications project involving Chinas ZTE Corp.
Joey de Venecia has accused the Presidents husband, Jose Miguel Arroyo, of involvement in alleged kickbacks surrounding the controversial ZTE deal.
Nograles begged off from tomorrows golf game, saying: I told them regrets because I will be in Davao on Saturday night for a speaking engagement.
Asked if he had received calls from Malacañang to back out of his bid to wrest the House leadership from De Venecia, Nograles said: They should first call (Mikey) and Dato before me or those who want change in the House.
Nograles said that nobody had told him to back off, and expressed doubt that Ms Arroyo and other Palace officials would ask lawmakers to stop the oust-De Venecia move.
The writing on the wall is clear. Time is up for Speaker Jose de Venecia who has become a lonely cowboy at the House of Representatives and even within Lakas, Nograles said.
Leaders of Kabalikat ng Malayang Pilipino, or Kampi, which is also Ms Arroyos party, said
Both Mikey and Dato have signed the Kampi loss-of-confidence manifesto against De Venecia.
His (De Venecias) family hurt my family ... Where is the delicadeza there? Mikey said, referring to Joey de Venecias allegations against his father.
Joey de Venecia asked the President to resign not just once but several times ... Now that (Speaker De Venecia) realizes that the speakership issue is serious, hes asking Joey to stop making those allegations, Mikey said.
Mikey said the problem with De Venecia was not confined only to the allegations made by the Speakers son against the Arroyo family but also involved House issues.
Joey is not the only issue, Mikey said.
Mikey doubted that his mother would try to influence the speakership fight.
As far as Im concerned, the President will not and should not interfere in the situation in the House, Mikey said. I know she knows the importance of the [separation] between the executive and legislative branches.
Theres a situation in the House and we should let it unfold by itself, Mikey said.
De Venecia said that with Ms Arroyos support for him, he expected the challenge to his speakership to ease off.
I guess it will dissipate over the weekend but I dont know to what extent, he said.
He appeared to be in a fighting mood, saying he intended to put down challenges to his leadership.
We will swat them like golf balls, he said.
De Venecia said he had no intention of stepping down on the basis of the reported 121 signatures collected by those against him.
Signatures are a dime a dozen. They can even be forged, he said.
Secretary Bunye said he was not privy to what happened at the Arroyo-De Venecia meeting on Thursday but added that De Venecias account more or less reflected what took place.
Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Lorelei Fajardo was more straightforward, saying: The President still supports the Speaker. Status quo as far as the executive is concerned.
Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said the move to oust De Venecia was not contributing to political stability and that everyone should stop talking about anything that will alienate one from the other.
Ramos publicist, Ed Malay, said the former President remained firm in his support for De Venecia.
The Speaker is prepared to slug it out with Nograles when the House calls for nominal voting on Monday to decide the fight for the position of Speaker, Malay, one of the founding members of Lakas, said in a statement.
But Cerilles said De Venecias decision to seek the Presidents support was a sign of weakness.
Palawan Rep. Abraham Mitra, also of NPC, called it a sign of desperation.
Manila Rep. Amado Bagatsing said: Mr. De Venecia has not offered anything but patronage politics, has not shown exemplary leadership... Its time to look for a leader who can inspire.
Posted on Feb 1, 2008, 2:51 PM from IP address 126.96.36.199