• House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo said she has no plan to run as Prime Minister
  • She said what she likes most about the shift is the transfer of power to the region
  • Arroyo said the form of government would still be presidential, not parliamentary

Former president, now House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, said she has no plan to run as Prime Minister once the country’s form of government will shift to federalism, based on a GMA News story.

“So ako, wala akong balak tumakbo,” she said. [For me, I have no plans to run.]

She disclosed what she likes most about the shift is the transfer of powers from the central to the region.

As per the draft from the Constitutional Commission, she said, the form of government would not be parliamentary but it’s still presidential.

Arroyo becoming the country’s Prime Minister sparked after her election as House Speaker.

She said, “Eh ‘yung mga nagsasabi nu’n, ‘yun ang gusto talagang magkaroon ng kontrobersiya.”

[Those who says those words, they are the one who wants to create a controversy.]

The politician emphasized that the mid-term election will happen on May 2019, and there should be no term extension.

The speaker, in another GMA News post, dispelled the rumors that her illness was not real or was just made up, by showing her back to Arnold Clavio, a GMA News reporter, to reveal the scars on her back after undergoing a surgery in 2011.

“Nand’yan pa, nand’yan pa. Nandu’n ka naman sa ospital nu’ng kakaopera ko, ‘di ba?

“Oh so, Ikaw nga unang nagpakita sa buong mundo ‘yung gaano kalaki ‘yung … kahaba ‘yung operasyon sa likod.”

[That’s still there. You were in the hospital after my operation, right? You were the first to show the world how huge, long the operation on my back was.]

Arroyo reportedly had multilevel cervical spondylosis; affecting the upper part of her vertebral column called the cervical spine.

Here’s a video story from GMA News: