Gloria Arroyo denies Duterte offered her a Cabinet post

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 05 2016 05:33 PM

Gloria Macapagal Arroyo File Photo

Former President now House Deputy Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo dismissed Monday rumors that President Rodrigo Duterte offered her a position in his Cabinet.

Duterte earlier said that he showed Arroyo a list of narco-politicians during their meeting last week, a statement Arroyo confirmed. 

However, she denied that the President offered her a Cabinet post or the House leadership.

“He had shown me the list of narco-politicians, so there's no offer of a Cabinet post to me now,” Arroyo said.

Arroyo added that though she remains anti-death penalty, she will not argue with Duterte’s stance of re-implementing the law.

"I spoke to President Duterte about that. It's alright with him if I oppose death penalty."

"Yes, I maintain my position. I will not argue, I'm not president anymore. I have a personal conviction but I recognize he is the president… I want his administration to succeed. He has to be the one to decide how to make his administration succeed," she said.

Arroyo prohibited capital punishment during her presidency through Republic Act No. 9346, also known as “An Act Prohibiting the Imposition of the Death Penalty in the Philippines.”

At present, Arroyo is supporting a bill that would impose stiffer penalties for unjust imprisonment and even joked that she may only go after one person she did not name, if she were to ever file a case for her experience. 

Arroyo was detained for years until the plunder case against her was dismissed.

“If I’ll file a case, I’ll only file a case against one person, if I ever file a case. It’s premature to disclose who that one person would be," she said.