Mikey Arroyo gets booed on Twitter as tricycle driver party-list is proclaimed, Mikey's seat put on hold
In a whirlwind of announcements, the Commission on Elections reaffirmed the proclamation of Ang Galing Pinoy (AGP), party-list group of outgoing Pampanga Rep. Mikey Arroyo, on June 1 after the poll body planned to recall the proclamation on May 31 due to questions about Arroyo, reports GMANew.TV.
First nominee of AGP, a party list that supposedly represents security guards, tricycle drivers and farmers, Arroyo may not claim his House seat until the resolution of a disqualification case against him. The petitions from progressive party-list groups claim Arroyo is not part of the marginalized sector, thus violating party-list guidelines. (Inquirer.net reported in March that Arroyo's net worth increased by more than 1,600 percent in seven years, from P5.7 million in 2001 to P99.2 million in 2008.)
Critics say Arroyo's party list is a plot for a "House of Arroyos." In a statement released in March, current vice presidential frontrunner Jejomar Binay said, "The plot is so clear–Mrs. Arroyo is trying to amass support in Congress by beefing up their numbers so that in case she decides to pursue Charter amendment anew, they will have the strength to make it happen."
Boos from the Comelec session hall when AGP was proclaimed had their cyber counterpart on Twitter, according to Inquirer.net. The report quoted journalist Alan C. Robles (@hotmanila on Twitter) who tweeted: "Why shouldn't Mikey represent tricycle drivers? The Arroyo family has a tradition of taking Filipinos for a ride."
Commission on Elections chairperson Jose Melo said party-list groups like AGP may replace their first nominees.