President Benigno Aquino 3rd and his administration will stumble if they continue to pin the blame of the ills of the country to detained former President Gloria Arroyo, an opposition lawmaker said over the weekend.
Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez of Leyte, the leader of the Independent Minority bloc in the House of Representatives, expressed such sentiments in the light of the unrelenting stance of President Aquino of blaming the Arroyo administration for the proliferation of corruption, with the President recently blaming his successor over the dip in his public satisfaction ratings amid the state probe of the P10 billion Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam.
“I hate to say this but they should stop beating a dead horse. She is in detention. She can’t even go to the chapel there all by herself. We have to focus on the future. When you are racing, you can’t look back. The moment you look back, you will stumble. If not, you will be too distracted that somebody else will overtake you,” Romualdez, the President of the Lakas Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD) party where Arroyo serves as Chairman Emeritus, told reporters.
Romualdez was referring to the hospital detention of former President and Rep. Gloria Arroyo of Pampanga in the Veterans Memorial Medical Center for plunder charges.
The Leyte lawmaker, the nephew of former First Lady Imelda Marcos and late President Ferdinand Marcos, noted that Aquino administration better stop its vilification campaign about the past administration and even the Marcos dictatorship and instead let the wheels of justice take its course.
To bolster his claims, Romualdez invoked that the President of the country serves like the General Manager of the company who will surely be removed from his or her post if he or she argues that the problems at hand are due to the inefficiencies of the previous General Manager.
“Whatever inefficiency and inadequacies of the past, it’s all on you now. If there is a suspected wrongdoing in the past, then let us have it investigated and find out who are guilty of crimes. If there is evidence, then those who are guilty should suffer the penalty of the crime they committed,” Romualdez, a lawyer, argued.
There are 38 people who are facing plunder and graft-related cases before the Office of the Ombudsman, and one of them is Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr. who is the Chairman of the Lakas-CMD.
“As the charges are filed and the prosecution begins, we should also own up to our responsibility. Doing otherwise is just merely sowing vindictiveness and divisiveness,” Romualdez added. LLANESCA T. PANTI