REPRESENTATIVE Imee Marcos lashed back at House Minority Floor Leader Francis Escudero Monday over his threat to boot out from the opposition bloc members who would not support a new impeach bid against President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
“Who are you to bully fellow solons?” Marcos told Escudero.
She said Escudero had “no right to intimidate any member of the opposition -- nor does he have a monopoly of the minority bloc.”
Escudero announced last week that the opposition bloc was set to launch a fresh impeachment bid against the President.
He said “each member must support this stand” and “those who will not support it must no longer stay in the minority."
But Marcos retorted: “Is he the only one who can challenge the administration of President Arroyo?”
Escudero clarified that he was just expressing his personal opinion.
“[I] was merely expressing my opinion on the matter and [the remark] was not directed at anyone,” said Escudero in a text message to INQ7.
Hmmmm... bakit sobrang sensitive ni Imee Marcos? Natamaan ba siya?
And I know asking this question may sound stupid or redundant, and the answer too obvious, but I'll ask it anyways: Can the anti-ARroyo groups really trust Imee Marcos at this point?
Hindi ba nag "absent" si Imee sa impeachment vote after initially signing her name on the impeachment complaint vs. Arroyo? Ito ang sinulat ko dati:
What's her excuse for not attending? How can she look at her other pro-impeachment colleagues in the eye and justify her "disappearing act"... at a crucial time when they needed her presence the most?
Yeah, it was a backstabbing of the highest order.
Ellent Tordesillas also commented about it on her Sept. 9 Malaya column.
At the party tendered by Susan Roces for members of the House of Representatives who had signed the impeachment complain t(there were 47 of them at that time), Imee was there dressed in a bright pink T-shirt emblazoned with Susan’s picture. Susan paid tribute to them for "fighting for what is true and just."
Everybody that night talked about upholding the truth in the face of odds they were up against. Well, almost everybody because after the Jose de Venecia-led slaughter of the impeachment complaint against Gloria Arroyo last Tuesday, I checked my notes on a specific quote from Imee and there was nothing. She must not have said anything quotable because I was only taking down significant statements.
As of this writing, the usually-visible Imee Marcos has become invisible. The day after the impeachment burial, Marcos lawyer Oliver Lozano was at the Department of Justice reviving the request of his client for burial of Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng Bayani. Collection time?
Imee later blamed her actions as a "total failure of judgment" on her part. Sound familiar. She also apologized for her actions, although I have to admit I have a tough time trusting her ever since inidiyan niya ang mga kasama niya.
Marcos said her departure for Singapore during the crucial session was a "coincidence" although she admitted that she also wanted to minimize the tension between herself and her mother, former First Lady Imelda Marcos.
Mrs. Marcos wants the remains of her husband Ferdinand Marcos buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani and there were talks that a deal is being worked out with the Arroyo government.
"Mas matindi ang nanay ko sa 51 na bumoto. Mas mabuting umiwas na lang ako," Rep. Marcos said.
Rep. Marcos, however, sidestepped questions on whether she is ready to redeem herself by supporting the motion for reconsideration that the minority plans to raise at the resumption of sessions on Sept. 19.
She and Asistio said they both believe Arroyo should be ousted through a people power revolt.
Now you understand why Imee is behaving the way she's behaving, Mr. Escudero? ;)
And oh yeah, "coincidence" my ass, Imee.
Read this too: I did a double-take on this one...