Speaker Alan Cayetano—who once relentlessly accused then-President Gloria Arroyo of corruption—has now reached out to the former President during the ribbon-cutting ceremony of a bridgeway connecting two buildings on in the House of Representatives on Wednesday.
“Hindi naman lingid sa inyong kaalaman, that the former President and former Speaker Arroyo have political differences, so hopefully, Maam, this bridge, from your Speakership to mine, will bridge your family to mine,” Cayetano said during the inauguration of the bridge way.
Speaker Alan Cayetano and Former Speaker/former President Gloria Arroyo jointly opened the new bridge connecting Mitra and North Wing buildings in House of Representatives .— Llanesca T. Panti (@llanescajourno) March 11, 2020
Cayetano has accused Arroyo of corruption in the past. @gmanews pic.twitter.com/bZg77JJG1F
“In the same vein, Mikee is free to criticize me now, if I am doing anything wrong,” Cayetano added.
Mikee is Arroyo’s son who is now the representative of the second district of Pampanga—a post previously held by his mother.
Cayetano went on to say that he respects all former Presidents including Arroyo, Fidel Ramos and Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, and that his criticisms were never below the belt.
“It was never personal,” Cayetano added.
Arroyo was President from 2001 to 2010 and went on to become Pampanga representative from 2010 to 2019.
During her last term as Pampanga representative, Arroyo was elected Speaker of the House.
When Arroyo was President, Cayetano was a member of the opposition bloc in the House of Representatives before he was elected to the Senate in 2007 and again in 2013. — BM, GMA News