GMA rallies support for Marcos

July 26, 2022 Ryan Ponce Pacpaco 316 views

SENIOR Deputy Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, a former President, on Tuesday called on her colleagues to support President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. as she described as impressive the content and delivery of the Chief Executive’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) to help the country recover economically.

“The President outlined 19 priority bills that will impact greatly on the people’s aspirations to return to the growth path and sustain the progress. It is the job of the 19th Congress to begin to implement the legislative task with focus, determination and momentum. I urge my fellow legislators to stay united and dedicated in support of the President’s legislative agenda,” Arroyo said.

“It is appropriately comprehensive and provides a blueprint for a medium-term action plan that can be completed with the full cooperation of Congress and the continued support of the Filipino nation,” Arroyo, a former Speaker, said.

Arroyo likewise bared that of the 19 priority bills of the President, she has already filed three of them, namely: the bill creating the Department of Water Resources; the bill establishing a comprehensive nuclear regulatory framework and creating the Philippine Nuclear Regulatory Commission which can serve as a companion bill of the President’s proposal to amend the EPIRA (Republic Act No. 9136); and the ROTC bill making ROTC training mandatory for senior high school students.

It may be recalled that Vice President Sara Duterte-Carpio, soon after accepting the post of concurrent Secretary of Education, announced that among her priorities is the return of military training among high school students.

Meanwhile, the Office of Mrs. Arroyo revealed that the former President has requested Speaker Martin G. Romualdez to permit her to take a medical and wellness leave for seven session days.

In her letter, Mrs. Arroyo will join the sessions of Congress via Zoom while she is out of the country.

She will travel to France and Singapore. She has been certified by her personal physician as no longer infectious, but she could not attend the SONA because the President’s presence required a negative PCR test for all attending the SONA, whereas she tested positive on PCR two days before the SONA.