Ex-President Macapagal-Arroyo casts vote in Pampanga


LUBAO, Pampanga: Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the detained former president, cast her vote Monday morning at her hometown here.

She arrived at about 9 a.m. at the Lubao East Central Elementary School, in the village of San Nicolas I.

She walked from her car, smiling and waving to her cabalens (province mates) to Precinct 0001A, where she is listed No. 67 among the 176 registered voters.

Some villagers kissed her hand and embraced the congresswoman of Pampanga’s second district who is running unopposed on her third and last term.

She wore a brace on her neck and she looked slim.

Her husband, lawyer Mike Arroyo, and their son Micky joined the congresswoman in Lubao, although it was only the former first gentleman who was seen voting with Mrs. Macapagal-Arroyo in the same polling precinct.

The former President took some time to fill out her ballot, with close aides hiding her from the cameras.

She refused to give any message, saying bawal (prohibited). Ernie Esconde



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