GMA, JDV bury hatchet
Delon Porcalla (The Philippine Star) - March 10, 2020 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — The falling out between former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and former speaker Jose de Venecia is now apparently “water under the bridge.“

The two figure heads of the once dominant Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats party were seen standing side-by-side in a picture released by the office of House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez, Lakas-CMD president.

The photo showed Arroyo and De Venecia making the thumbs up sign, which was popularized by their fellow Lakas-CMD stalwart, former president Fidel V. Ramos.

The photo was taken during a luncheon for Lakas-CMD party congressmen at the Sampaguita Gardens in Quezon City yesterday. 

Arroyo, Lakas-CMD president emeritus and De Venecia’s running mate in the 1998 presidential elections, was the special guest of the event along with Romualdez and Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr., Lakas-CMD party chairman. 

“Our team is rebuilding Lakas-CMD and we will win them back again,” Romualdez said, referring to the former members of the party. 

In his speech, De Venecia urged Lakas-CMD congressmen to strengthen the party and ensure its major role in the 2022 elections. 

Arroyo and De Venecia had a falling out after the “Hello Garci” scandal in 2008.

They also accused each other of corruption in connection with the aborted $29 million NBN-ZTE scandal.

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