Gloria Arroyo's ups and downs in politics


Posted at Jul 19 2016 11:14 PM

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Her assumption to the presidency was met with applause, coming on the heels of President Joseph Estrada's ouster amid plunder allegations.

But it did not tale long before the situation took a turn for the worse for then president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Doubts began to surface, after a failed coup attempt and allegations of corruption against her husband.

Her credibility also took a beating after she reneged on a promise not to run for president in 2004.

After she won by a million votes, came allegations of vote rigging.

An audio recording of Arroyo supposedly speaking to Election Commissioner Virgilio Garcillano spread like wildfire.

Arroyo was forced to apologize, but people were angry by then.

Ten of her appointed officials resigned.

Impeachment complaints over betrayal of public trust were filed every year for the next four years, citing electoral fraud, plunder, and human rights violations.

Her allies in Congress made sure the complaints would not prosper but Arroyo faced new challenges when Benigno Aquino III became president. He constantly took a swipe at the previous administration.

Arroyo was arrested for electoral sabotage in 2011. Graft charges were also filed over the NBN-ZTE deal.

She was denied medical treatment abroad and her health continued to deteriorate.

The court granted her bail in 2012, but she was arrested again in October, this time for plunder, over the alleged misuse of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) funds, the very case dismissed by the Supreme Court on Tuesday.

Arroyo was elected congressman twice while in detention. She continues to face graft and electoral sabotage charges.

But considering her friendship with President Rodrigo Duterte, it remains to be seen how her comeback will change the political landscape.