LP slams 'vin­dic­tive' Ar­royo for re­plac­ing Batanes care­taker

Watchmen Daily Journal - - Nation - (Mara Cepeda, Rap­pler.com)

MANILA – The Lib­eral Party (LP) de­nounced the des­ig­na­tion of Pan­gasi­nan 3rd Dis­trict Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Rose Marie "Baby" Are­nas as Batanes care­taker, ac­cus­ing House Speaker Glo­ria Ma­ca­pa­gal Ar­royo of "vin­dic­tive­ness" against the Abads.

"The Lib­eral Party con­demned the move in the wan­ing min­utes of the last day of ses­sion of Speaker Glo­ria Ma­ca­pa­gal Ar­royo re­plac­ing Batanes leg­isla­tive care­taker for­mer Speaker Rep. Feli­ciano Bel­monte Jr. with Pan­gasi­nan Rep. Rose­mary Are­nas as petty vin­dic­tive­ness and par­ti­san­ship," said LP pres­i­dent and Sen­a­tor Fran­cis Pangili­nan yes­ter­day.

On Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 10, the House lead­er­ship moved to des­ig­nate Are­nas as Batanes care­taker, re­plac­ing LP stal­wart Bel­monte.

Batanes was orig­i­nally rep­re­sented in the 17th Congress by the late law­maker Hene­d­ina Abad, wife of for­mer bud­get sec­re­tary Floren­cio Abad. She passed away on Oc­to­ber 8, 2017.

Pangili­nan said Ar­royo did not fol­low the House tra­di­tion of des­ig­nat­ing a care­taker nom­i­nated by the po­lit­i­cal party of the de­ceased.

Abad's youngest son Luis also slammed the des­ig­na­tion of Are­nas as care­taker.

Ar­royo's re­venge?

Pangili­nan then ac­cused the Speaker of lis­ten­ing to for­mer Batanes rep­re­sen­ta­tive Carlo Di­asnes, whom Abad de­feated in the 2010 and 2013 con­gres­sional polls.

Pangili­nan also said Ar­royo is tak­ing re­venge on the Abads for LP's cam­paign to im­peach her in 2004, when Ar­royo was ac­cused of cheat­ing in the 2004 pres­i­den­tial elec­tions.

"It seems Ar­royo has not for­got­ten the ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion of Abad and her hus­band, for­mer DBM Sec­re­tary Butch Abad, in the party's cam­paign to im­peach her for cheat­ing in the 2004 pres­i­den­tial elec­tions and hold her ac­count­able for nu­mer­ous cases of graft and cor­rup­tion dur­ing her al­most 10 years in of­fice. These even­tu­ally led to her ar­rest and in­car­cer­a­tion dur­ing the new ad­min­is­tra­tion of [for­mer] pres­i­dent Benigno Aquino III," said Pangili­nan.

Pangili­nan said that in 2005 and 2006, Ar­royo "got back" at the Abads by deny­ing the prov­ince its con­gres­sional al­lo­ca­tions. This prompted Abad not to run for her sec­ond term as Batanes rep­re­sen­ta­tive in 2007.

Rap­pler has sought both Ar­royo's of­fice and Are­nas for com­ment, but they have yet to re­ply as of this post­ing.

(File photo from the Of­fice of the Speaker/Press and Pub­lic Af­fairs Bu­reau)

This file photo shows Pan­gasi­nan Rep. Rose Marie Are­nas dur­ing a meet­ing of the Com­mit­tee on Or­ga­ni­za­tional Mat­ters of the 38th Gen­eral Assem­bly of the ASEAN In­ter-Par­lia­men­tary Assem­bly (AIPA).

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