Mikey insists in representing security guards in Congress
By Dateline Philippines
SAN FERNANDO CITY, Philippines – Pampanga Representative Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo said he is not worried about the disqualification case filed against his nomination in Ang Galing Pinoy (AGP) party-list, insisting that he can represent the group in Congress as long as he espouses their advocacy.
Arriving in the city to help organize a gathering of local officials here to welcome administration candidate Gilbert Teodoro, Arroyo brushed aside remarks that he could not qualify to represent the marginalized sectors in the country.
AGP, a group that originated in the Arroyo’s home province in Pampanga, is composed of security guards.
Arroyo, the eldest son of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is the first nominee of the group in the May 10 party-list election.
Bayan Muna and other party-list groups have filed a disqualification case against the Pampanga congressman, saying he is not a security guard, nor does he belong to the marginalized and underrepresented sectors of society.
“I’m not worried about that (disqualification case), it’s the lawyers of AGP who are taking care of that,” he said in an interview.
Arroyo said he was nominated by the AGP to represent security guards in the House of Representatives and he accepted it.
“They must have seen something in me, they must have felt I can advocate the concerns of their sector and I’m very flattered, I’m very grateful for that,” he said.
Reacting to a challenge posed by some groups for him to become a security guard even for just a day so he would know how hard their work is, Arroyo said, “that’s a most outrageous theory. You don’t have to be a security guard to represent their sector.”