Arroyo ‘economic and political genius’

LEYTE Rep. Martin Romualdez on Wednesday heaped praises on former President and Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, calling her an economic and political genius.

Romualdez, a lawyer and president of the Philippine Constitution Association (Philconsa), said Arroyo’s “actions inspire others to learn, contribute and dream more for the progress of the nation” after the latter’s 27-year impressive career in public service.

“She is a very smart and political genius whose competence, workaholic attitude, track record, integrity and strong decision-making skills helped her earned the respect even of the world leaders,” said Romualdez after attending Arroyo’s farewell dinner prepared by the members of the recently-concluded 17th Congress in her honor held at the Manila Hotel Tuesday night.

President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte graced the event where he called Arroyo a “true living icon in Philippine politics.”

Lawmakers led by Tingog Sinirangan party-list Rep. Yedda Marie Romualdez, San Jose del Monte City Rep. Rida Robes, Davao City Rep. Mylene Garcia-Albano and other officials attended the event.

“Speaker Arroyo is a no-nonsense action lady and very much determined to show concrete and genuine reforms for the benefit of the Filipinos,” said Yedda Marie Romualdez, the former chairperson of the House Committee on Accounts.

Martin Romualdez, who was named by President Duterte as the House Majority Leader of the 18th Congress, said Arroyo “has been a provider of hope not only for the success of public officials, but also to ordinary people for them to achieve their goals.”

“Her pro-poor projects like the affordable housing units and conditional cash transfer program for the poorest of the poor benefitted many Filipinos.

It was an honor and privilege to work with the former President and Speaker Arroyo. I wish her the best of luck,” said Romualdez.