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Monday, June 13, 2005

Mikey, Iggy urged to resign from House

The President’s son, Juan Mi­guel “Mikey” Arroyo, and brother-in-law Ignacio “Iggy” Arroyo should not wait for the President to order them to resign as members of the House of Representatives, Sen. Richard Gordon said Sunday.

Gordon said they should quit now for the sake of Mrs. Arroyo whose presidency has been besieged by allegations of election fraud and jueteng payoffs.

Sen. Panfilo Lacson has suggested that to save her presidency, Mrs. Arroyo must order Mikey, a congressman from Pampanga, and Iggy, who represents Negros Oriental, to quit from the House.

Senate President Franklin Drilon also said the President should enforce the reforms to defuse the political powderkeg.

Sen. Ramon Magsaysay said Mrs. Arroyo must discipline her family.

Gordon said Mikey and Iggy should “resign without admitting guilt so the President can go on with her reforms.”

He pointed out that the scandals hounding Mrs. Arroyo and the threat of coups raised by the opposition are placing a heavy toll on the economy.

“Investors are getting scared. We should help the government,” Gordon said.

Opposition Sen. Serge Os­meña remains convinced that the President is culpable of the charges against her and should have the decency to resign.

Osmeña called Mrs. Arroyo a “cheat.”

“It is not only her close relatives who are cheats, she should include the person in her mirror,” Osmeña said in a text message.

Sen. Jinggoy Estrada endorsed Gordon’s suggestion, saying the best solution to salvage Mrs. Arroyo’s presidency is to “’deport’ her husband, Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo, to some far-flung place, where he could no longer do any harm to her leadership.”

Estrada added that it would be better if Mr. Arroyo returned to the country after the President has finished her term in 2010.

Senate President Pro-Tempore Juan Flavier and Sen. Mar Roxas told the President to “hang on.”

Flavier said Mrs. Arroyo should not be cowered by threats and continue to exercise her mandate to lead the people.

“The Arroyo administration remains stable despite charges of wrongdoing against the First Family. The President should not be distracted by these charges,” Flavier said.

He lamented that the eco­nomy has been adversely affected by recent political problems.

“The sad thing here is that the economy is very much affected,” Flavier said.

Roxas condemned attempts to undermine the Arroyo government.

“I still support the Arroyo administration and the government. I am against the desta­bilizers,” Roxas said


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