MANILA -- Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said Friday she was considering a consultancy position in her home province of Pampanga after holding elective office for nearly 3 decades.
Arroyo, who was president for 9 years from 2001 to 2010, rode a People Power-style revolt to Malacanang, stared down two military uprisings and got herself acquitted on plunder charges before a coup thrust her to the House leadership in 2018.
The 72-year-old said outgoing Pampanga Gov. Lilia Pineda and Governor-elect Dennis Pineda offered her the consultant post. Arroyo was ineligible for reelection last May after serving 3 consecutive 3-year terms, including some years in detention.
"I thought it was a good idea. I think I would be happy to help out from time-to-time," said Arroyo, who hails from the farming town of Lubao.
Arroyo, an economics professor, said she would focus on the development of the Pampanga "megalopolis," envisioned to become Central Luzon's business and financial district.
Pampanga is poised to become a business hub, with the provincial economy growing at 9 percent, outpacing the national expansion, she said. The provincial poverty rate is at 7 percent compared to the country's 23 percent, she said.
"We are a fast growing province. Clark is a very big factor, the infrastructure," she said, referring to a former US Air Force base that is being built as an industrial hub.
Catch Tina Monzon Palma's full interview with Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Monday, June 17 at 6 p.m. on ANC.