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THE POSTERS of reelectionist Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo are up but she has not shown up in Pampanga’s second district since the campaign for local posts started on Saturday. E.I. REYMOND T. OREJAS/INQUIRER CENTRAL LUZON

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO—Healthy, happy and no sign of political pressure.

Former President and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo projected herself this way in her campaign posters that were put up all over the second district of Pampanga, where she is seeking a second term as a member of the House of Representatives.

The posters did not show her wearing a brace that has become a regular fixture on her neck after she underwent surgery for a degenerative bone disease. The same posters showed a younger Arroyo flashing a wide smile and wearing a blue blouse.

The seal of the Lakas political party, whose membership had dwindled in Pampanga, is printed on the top right corner of the poster.

But when the 65-year-old Arroyo will actually press flesh in the district’s six towns is uncertain.

Candaba Mayor Jerry Pelayo, one of her political allies in the province, had no information if she was able to get a permit from the court to leave Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) in Quezon City and stay in Pampanga to campaign for her reelection bid.

“What I know is that we will be celebrating her birthday, through a Mass at Veterans on April 5,” Pelayo said by telephone.

On Monday, it was Arroyo’s eldest son, Ang Galing Pinoy Representative Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo, who launched her campaign in Lubao town.

Mikey went around the biggest villages of Lubao, the hometown of Arroyo’s father, the late former President Diosdado Macapagal.

Mikey, however, declined to comment on how his mother would campaign for a second term.

In 2010, when she ran for representative after finishing her term, Arroyo visited the district more than 60 times. She led a district-wide motorcade shortly before that year’s election.

Arroyo was arrested for alleged electoral fraud in July 2011 and was freed on bail due to the failure of the prosecutor to present strong evidence.

However, she was jailed again for a plunder case involving the alleged misuse of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office funds.

Arroyo is facing lawyer Vivian Dabu of the Liberal Party and independent candidates, lawyer Charlie Chia and Sasmuan Mayor Josefina Leoncio, in the race. Tonette Orejas, Inquirer Central Luzon

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  • Luthmar

    Ano ba yan. isang damakmak na legal cases ang hinaharap, puede pa rin
    tumakbo para congress woman. Nawalan na ba ng complete dignity ang mga politicians at bakit pinapayagan pa rin makapag silbe kuno sa bansa. Walang wala na talagang moral, values and dignity ang mga politico. It’s all about money.

    • jaygibi

      nahatulan na ba? ikaw ang walang moral value..

      • Luthmar

        Hindi kailangan na mahatulan. The fact that she is at VAMMC there is enough evidence to put her temporarily away. In other countries once it is alleged that a govt. official did something wrong, the accuse resigns straight away to pave the way for investigations. In Japan and South Korea there were a couple of cases when the accused committed hara kiri because they were shamed. As it is said, “where there’s a smoke, there’s a fire.”

        How can she function when she is in detention. Not allowed a telephone, watch tv,, media visits, etc. but she continues to receive a salary and pork barrel . It is waste of taxpayers money. The money she gets could be used somewhere else: e.g. victims of natural disasters.

      • jaygibi

        what enough evidence? if indeed so, she should have been indicted. alleged is alleged, person is presumed innocent unless proven guilty. that is the rule of law. any person who has not been indicted (final and executory) has all the legal rights as enshrined in our constitution under bill of rights. otherwise, change the constitution.

      • Dibs

        yeah, she’s innocent. and the 90M Pinoys are guilty. for the benefit of common good, just screw her rights.

      • magsasakasanayon

        actually, she was already indicted for plunder. plunder is a non-bailable offense. you’re clueless with what is happening. better shut up.

      • noyab

        DI SYA INDICTED BOBO…NON BAILABLE YUN BUT WALA PA, DI PA NAPAPATUNAYAN, BUT IKAW PINATUNAYAN MO NA WALANG LAMAN ANG ULO MO…ABNOY KA RIN SIGURO….

      • magsasakasanayon

        haha. iba po ang indictment sa conviction. magbasa ka rin paminsan-minsan. kaya madali kang maloko ni gloria makapal-arroyo, walang laman ang utak mo.

      • noyab

        IN OTHER COUNTRIES GANOON BUT IN Y0UR COUNTRY NO…GAYA NG LOLO NI NOYTARD AN KASUHAN NG TREASON DAHIL MAKAPILI, WALA LANG SA KANILA YUN, DAHIL WALA NAMAN SILANG VALUES…

    • noyab

      MGA KASO LANG YUN AT WALA NAMAN EVIDENCIA,, KUNG MAYROON DI DAPAT MAY SENTENCIA NA……SI ABNOY ANG WALANG VALUES AND DIGNITY DAHIL AUTISTIC SIYA GAYA MO….PULPOL

  • ARIKUTIK

    GMA will win in her district even with out aid of personal campaign visit. The intelligence of under-puppy is enough to woe votes. Make GMA a representative for the betterment of Pampanga.

  • doublecross

    kayo boboto ba kayo d2, lahing magnanakaw!

  • doublecross

    hwag iboto si miguel, corrupt official yan.

  • penoy2012

    Wala pa ding nagiging verdict ang korte na guilty si GMA. Mas madami pa yung kasong naibasura. Baka naman talagang political vindictiveness lang ang ginawa ni penoy?

  • JasonBieber

    This lady is a victims of political persecution seemingly coming from the current Administration. If she is guilty of something then it would be great if those who accuse her provide some hard concrete evidence instead of just making baseless accusations against her.

    To think she is stuck in detention without the use of mobile phone, internet, or any other communication devices and still PNoy tried to blame her for the Sabah issue is more proof of this political persecution.

    • http://www.facebook.com/MHMLH Dyn Hamill

      Agree…very well said.

    • magsasakasanayon

      idiot. there are already cases filed against the former non-president. if you think she is a victim, you are really an idiot. just look at the SALN of her family members and you will surely know that the victims here are the filipino people.

      • JasonBieber

        You talk as if you have seen their SALN. Have you? If not then please don’t make accusations that you can support. That’s just plain reckless and irresponsible. You acting just like the Admin who keeps accusing and file cases without providing evidence.

      • magsasakasanayon

        as a matter of fact, i have. mikey arroyo even showed his SALN on national tv. the SALN is a public document. anyone can view it. and since mikey’s SALN was too big for what he made as a public official, he was questioned. his explanation was really not plausible that at the end, all he can say was, “then sue me!” now he has a pending case at the BIR for non-payment of taxes. you talk as if you know nothing, and i’m probably right. you are indeed an idiot.

      • JasonBieber

        There you go making stuff up again just to support your case. If there was indeed some obvious discrepancy on his SALN to what it should be then he’d probably be in jail.

        If you have accusations then provide concrete evidence, otherwise name-calling will get you nowhere so save your breath on something real.

      • magsasakasanayon

        you are correct. he should be in jail right now. but he is out on bail because the case pending against him is bailable. are you so dumb you don’t know anything?

      • JasonBieber

        Thank you for admitting that i am correct which thus makes you wrong. It is good that you are able to admit your faults. Another fault that you should rid yourself with is making accusations without concrete evidence. It’s not good.

      • magsasakasanayon

        jesus! are you so dense you don’t even understand sarcasm? i just made fun of you, you dolt.

      • JasonBieber

        Don’t be frustrated just because you admitted your faults. It’s good to understand that you’ve made mistakes in making baseless accusations without the support of evidence. The advice to you is just to not commit them again. Glad you were enlightened.

      • magsasakasanayon

        duh? freakin’ idiot.

      • noyab

        evidence ang kailangan nc court hindi ang SALN…BOBO MO NAMAN PARA KANG SI ABNOY

  • http://www.facebook.com/MHMLH Dyn Hamill

    BS aquino mentioned that there are truckloads of evidence, where are they? I am definitely sure is there are evidences, she is now in jail, not in a hospital.

  • ArawSol

    GMA will surely win because she has done so much for Pampanga. Even under detention, she has helped many Kapampangans and filed more than 200 bills at congress. Unlike lazy Abnoy who did nothing while he was a congressman and senator and now as president.

  • EhFilipino

    Mahal ng mga Kapampangans si GMA! Hindi sila naniniwala sa mga maling akusasyon sa kanya ng isang sirang ulo at tamad sa may pasig river. Alam nila na persekyusyon at paghihiganti lamang ang ginagawa sa kanilang kababayan!

  • http://twitter.com/nitoy55 jose oliveros

    Happy birthday po madam president…..
    we wish you the best
    God bless you and your family,
    jose oliveros

    • noyab

      HBD GLORIA ANG DAMIN MONG NAGAWA UNLIKE NORTARDS, 3 YEARS NA LANG WALA PANG NAUMPISAHAN…..

  • Kannazuki Pirena von Karthana

    I hope tna in the future eh gusto ko na sana na mag-retiro na lang sya sa pulitika para di na maapektuhan pa ang kanyang kalusugan. I hope that na mananalo sya this coming elections.

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