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By Junex Doronio
IF FORMER PRESIDENT and Deputy House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo succeeds in convincing fellow ex-Chief Executive Rodrigo Roa Duterte to take a crack at the Senate in 2025, then most likely the feisty former Commander-in-Chief will become Senate President and it’s going to be an exciting presidential ballgame in 2028.
This developed as Senator Imee Marcos sharply questioned the necessity of having 433 security personnel for her perceived “bff” (best friends forever) Vice President Sara Duterte who is anticipated to run for president in 2028, most likely against presidential cousin Speaker Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez.
Senator Bong Go on Tuesday, September 12, revealed that Macapagal-Arroyo has urged former president Duterte to return to politics during a brief talk between the two former presidents at Cardinal Santos Hospital over the weekend.
Go said he accompanied Duterte on a scheduled routine check-up when the Arroyo-Duterte talks happened.
The senator further said that after the annual medical check-up, Duterte and Go were invited by the former president for a dinner.
They met with Arroyo, former Senate President Vicente Sotto III, and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea.
“Doon ko po nasaksihan at nagusap sila na hinihikayat ni dating Pangulong Gloria Macapagal Arroyo si dating Pangulong Duterte na maging active muli sa pulitika, maybe by running for national office bilang isang senador ngunit ang sagot naman ni Pangulong Duterte ay nag smile lang po siya tulad ng dati kokunsultahin niya po ang kanyang pamilya,” said Go.
He added that the talk between Arroyo and Duterte only lasted about 15 minutes. (AI/MNM)