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THE ARROYO-LOPEZ WAR
« on: August 13, 2008, 06:43:48 am »
 PerryScope
by Perry Diaz


The Arroyo-Lopez War

Finally, after almost 80 years of a family feud between two wealthy clans,
it
seems that the final battle has started. On one side of the conflict is the

Arroyo clan, wealthy merchants of Chinese origin who gained political
supremacy
in the early 1900's when their patriarch, Jose Arroyo, was elected Senator
in
1919. With the help of his close friend -- then Senate President Manuel L.
Quezon -- his younger brother, Dr. Mariano Arroyo, was appointed provincial

governor in 1928.

On the other side is the Lopez clan headed by Eugenio "Ening" Lopez who
used his
newspaper El Tiempo -- founded in 1901 by his father, Benito Lopez, the
first
governor of Iloilo in 1906 who was assassinated two years later by a rival
political faction -- to expose the jueteng ring that Governor Arroyo and a
Chinese trader named Sualoy started in Iloilo. El Tiempo's incessant
exposure
of the jueteng operations finally paid off. Sualoy was charged, found
guilty,
imprisoned, and then deported to China .

That was the beginning of the Arroyo-Lopez War. As a result of the
crackdown on
the jueteng operations, Governor Arroyo filed a libel suit against Lopez
and El
Tiempo. Lopez retaliated by filing administrative charges against Governor
Arroyo. Governor General Davis was also informed about the case and he sent

Judge Francisco Moran to investigate. Moran discovered that Governor Arroyo
was
involved in the jueting operations including a gambling den. Consequently,
Moran
dismissed the libel charges against Lopez and his newspaper. In 1930, the
administrative trial found Governor Arroyo guilty of corruption and
Governor
General Davis relieved him from his post.

Humiliated, Jesusa Lacson Arroyo, the widow of Senator Arroyo who died in
1927,
picked up the pieces and moved her entire family to Negros Occidental. One
of
her sons, Ignacio, would become the father of the current First Gentleman,
Jose
Miguel "Mike" Arroyo.
Meanwhile, Eugenio Lopez progressed in business and his brother Fernando
entered
into politics and was elected three times as Vice-President. Don Eugenio
established the first airline in Asia and expanded his newspaper business.
In
1962, he purchased Meralco, the country's largest electric company. His
son,
Eugenio "Geny" Lopez, Jr., built ABS-CBN to become the country's undisputed

leader in broadcasting.

In 1972, the Lopez family suffered under the martial law regime of
Ferdinand
Marcos. Geny Lopez was implicated in an alleged plot to kill Marcos. Under
obscure circumstances, Lopez escaped from detention and slipped out of the
country. Marcos' brother-in-law, Kokoy Romualdez, then took over Meralco.
When
Marcos was ousted in 1986, Cory Aquino returned Meralco and ABS-CBN to the
Lopezes.

For more than 20 years, the Lopezes had undisputed control of Meralco. They
also
diversified into new business ventures. Over the past several years,
ABS-CBN
became a pain in the neck of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Their
coverage
of the various scandals involving the First Couple have contributed to the
Arroyos' negative public image.

It is no wonder then that Meralco is now in the crosshairs of President
Arroyo's
sight. The joint congressional hearing chaired by Senator Miriam Defensor
Santiago and Congressman Juan Miguel "Mikey" Arroyo has stirred into life a

family feud that has been dormant for 78 years. There were speculations
that the
real reason for the Meralco "witch hunt" is for the government to take over

Meralco and break it up into smaller companies. If this would happen, guess
who
would take over a divested Meralco?
Let's look at someone who has been at the forefront of the battle: Winston
Garcia, President and General Manager of the Government Service Insurance
System
(GSIS). His aggressive and arrogant demeanor in the Meralco board room --
he is
a recent member on the Meralco board representing GSIS which has 23%
ownership
of Meralco -- has made a lot of people wonder what his ulterior motive is.
Many
believe that Garcia is on the board to wage a "proxy war" for the Arroyos.

For one thing, Garcia is not the typical government bureaucrat. He is a
scion of
a powerful political dynasty in Cebu with close ties to Malacanang. His
father,
Pablo, is a congressman and concurrently Deputy Speaker of the House. His
brother, Pablo John, is also a congressman. And his sister, Gwendolyn, is
the
current Governor of Cebu . She announced recently that she is a candidate
for
Vice President in 2010.

In addition, the Garcia family has large stockholdings in the Aboitiz-owned

Visayan Electric Company (VECO), the country's second largest private
electric
utility. The cor porate officers include three Garcias, to wit: Dennis A.
Garcia,
President and General Manager; Ramontito A. Garcia, Treasurer; and Jess
Anthony
N. Garcia, legal counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary. Of the 11
members of
the VECO Board of Directors, five are Garcias, namely, Dennis N.A. Garcia,
Ramontito E. Garcia, Gil A. Garcia II, Charles Sylvester A. Garcia, and
Antonio
V. A. Garcia de Esca�o. The Aboitizes, have five members of the Board.
Recently, a news account reported that Winston Garcia is serving VECO as a
lawyer on retainer. The question is: What would VECO -- and Winston Garcia
--
stand to gain if Meralco were broken up into smaller companies?

It is also a common knowledge that the Aboitizes are business cronies of
the
First Couple. With the Lopezes trying hard to defend themselves from a pack
of
wolves, it would probably take a miracle to survive these attacks. But
miracles
do happen and they happen when it's l east expected to happen. And the last
and
final question is: What would the Arroyos stand to gain when Meralco breaks
up?


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Re: THE ARROYO-LOPEZ WAR
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2009, 02:45:23 am »
this is a proxy war:

Winston Garcia is from CEBU, balwarte ni PGMA nun 2004 eleksyon .......

ABOITIZ group is from CEBU and in the power industry as well. They are interested in Meralco .....

Kung hindi nilabanan ng Lopez c Winston sa CA, malamang sa Aboitiz ang punta ng Meralco ....


But nabago ang istoryo, SMB bought the stocks of GSIS in Meralco so group na ni Danding ang nakapasok .....

In the Philippines, very lucrative ang Power and Infra business which all fall under the category of Public Utilities  8)

BENPRES and First Phil Holdings owned by the Lopez Family handles ABS-CBN, Bayantel, NLEX (North Expressway) & SCTEX , Meralco, First Gen (sta rita power plant) and dati Maynilad (water utility).....  ::moreinfo
"Never interrupt your enemies when they are busy destroying themselves"