In 1987, then President Cory Aquino tapped Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to serve in the Department of Trade & Industry as Assistant Secretary and Undersecretary. She was one of Cory’s bright stars so much so that my vote and a million others catapulted her to become the topnotcher in the 1992 Senate elections. In each Senate election that she ran Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was #1 in my list. When she ran as Vice President under Jose de Venecia, I chose her over the rest. When she took over Erap — like Cory, I supported her. I had high hopes for the Philippines under her leadership. Then her house of cards began to show cracks — corruption charges were hurled left and right. It seemed that it was the end of her colorful political career. Her December pronouncement that she will not run again somehow caused a big rebound — people thought she meant it. That would be the first of the many times that she renege on her word. After winning the 2004 Presidential elections, the Hello Garci controversy almost cost Gloria her presidency. She went on TV to announce that she was sorry for her “lapse of judgment.” Like most of the populace, I forgave Gloria. That was the single biggest mistake that I’ve done in my life — letting Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo get off the hook that easy. For six years she cannibalize the political and judicial system of the country. And as if six years wasn’t enough, she ran (and won) as Representative in Congress. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo remained seemingly untouchable thanks to the nincompoops that she put in place. Then the tables began to turn. Karma has finally caught up on her. I voted for Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. I am ashamed that I did.