FORMER President-turned Deputy Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of Pampanga may play a bigger role in improving the Philippines’ relations with the United States should former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton win the presidential race.
“May puwedeng bridge sa communication. ‘Yun ang isang maganda d’yan, the message will be clear on both sides,” said political analyst Prof. Mon Casiple, referring to Mrs. Arroyo’s personal and professional relationship with Clinton and her husband, former US President Bill Clinton, who was her classmate at Georgetown University in the 60s.
“(Arroyo’s relations with the Clintons) could help (and) it is good kasi ang susi naman sa mga relasyon ay ‘yung may confidence. May trust and confidence yung mga policy makers from both sides kaya nga nagkakaroon ng state visit at mahalaga rin yun na informally kasi you came from the same school, magkakilala na kayo, may pinag-usapan na kayo dati, pareho kayo mag-isip. Palaging trust yan. Kung si Hillary Clinton of course may trust na kay GMA yan dahil kaklase n’ya ang asawa n’ya at of course personal sila na magkaibigan,” Casiple stated in a press release sent by the office of Mrs. Arroyo to House reporters.
In a related development, Camarines Sur Rep. LRay Villafuerte said the new government’s pivot to greater integration with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Asia’s economic powerhouses in light of President Duterte’s state visit to China will shift Malacañang’s 10-point socioeconomic agenda for high -- and inclusive -- growth to overdrive soon enough.
Villafuerte said President Duterte’s focus on Asian integration should also calm investors now jittery over misplaced doubts on Malacañang’s resolve and capability to cash-in on the country’s strong macroeconomic fundamentals to sustain fiscal stability, boost economic expansion and attract more foreign direct investments (FDIs), especially from China and other more vibrant Asian neighbors.