Arroyo, Legarda share laugh over 2010 presidency
By Lira Dalangin-Fernandez
Last updated 06:46pm (Mla time) 08/10/2007
Arroyo was guest of honor. Legarda, an NDCC alumna, was to receive an award.
When Legarda, clad in a cream pantsuit, went onstage to receive her award, she said Arroyo bussed her and then asked: "Loren, did you hear the he or she?"
Legarda replied: "Yes, Madam President."
Arroyo, said Legarda, told her: "The he or she was meant for you."
The President was referring to a portion of her July 23 State of the Nation Address when, during her lengthy enumeration of the various infrastructure projects the administration is undertaking, she said whoever succeeded her in 2010, "he or she will have an easier time of it."
"I said, ‘No, when you said he or she, I looked at [Senator Manuel] Mar [Roxas II] and [Senator Richard] Dick Gordon," Legarda said.
But while playing coy about her presidential ambition, Legarda had earlier said she felt alluded to by the "she" in Arroyo’s reference to her possible successor.
"Did they think the President could have referred to any other woman contender?" Legarda said in an earlier report.