Gloria Arroyo: ‘I’m Deputy Speaker’

Former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo arrives with husband, Jose Miguel, at the Sandiganbayan anti-graft court in Quezon City, Metro Manila, April 11, 2012. Arroyo entered a plead of not guilty to allegations of graft and corruption in the tainted telecommunications deal with China in 2007. REUTERS/Cheryl Ravelo (PHILIPPINES - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW)

Former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo arrives with husband, Jose Miguel, at the Sandiganbayan anti-graft court in Quezon City, Metro Manila, April 11, 2012. Arroyo entered a plead of not guilty to allegations of graft and corruption in the tainted telecommunications deal with China in 2007. REUTERS/Cheryl Ravelo (PHILIPPINES – Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW)

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Former President and now Pampanga 2nd Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said Wednesday that she is set to be named Deputy House Speaker of the 17th Congress.

Arroyo made the announcement at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) in Quezon City, where she was detained for four years on plunder charges.

The former president went back to the government-owned hospital to donate dialysis machines.

Asked which committee she will handle as member of the supermajority in the House of Representatives, Arroyo replied: “I’m Deputy Speaker.”

Arroyo was released from the VMMC last July 21, days after the Supreme Court dismissed plunder charges against her based on the alleged misuse of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office’s P366-million intelligence

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