In case you missed it, House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo announced on Thursday, August 30 that she will be retiring from government service in 2019.
The 71-year-old Pampanga Representative turned House Speaker served as the former President of the Philippines for nine (9) years.
“I was saying yesterday that one of the blessings of being Speaker at this time is that I’ve come to work with the younger congressmen, and seeing how they work, seeing how good they are, I’m confident that the new generation will be very good in taking over the reigns of government,” Arroyo said.
Arroyo’s statement puts an end to speculations that she is eyeing to become prime minister once the country shifts to a federal form of government.
On June 30, 2019, Arroyo will have completed her three successive terms that lasted for at least nine (9) years as representative of Pampanga’s second district.
Arroyo first rose to power when she took over leadership of the government in 2001 after the ouster of Joseph Estrada as president, while she won her first presidential elections in 2004. And just last month, Arroyo was sworn in as the country’s first woman Speaker after a publicly televised power tussle with her predecessor, Davao Del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez.