Sunday, 18 April 2010

GMA will step down in June, VP asserts

LLANESCA T. PANTI
Manila Times
http://www.manilatimes.net/index.php/news/nation/15479-gma-will-step-down-in-june-vp-asserts

With less than a month to go before the Philippines’ first automated elections, Vice President Noli de Castro has allayed fears that President Gloria Arroyo is hatching a failure of elections scheme so she can stay in the highest office of the land. De Castro urged the voting public to dismiss such speculations against the President; saying that the Chief Executive only knows too well that there is a Constitution to be followed.

“We have a Constitution in place. If anybody plans to take it down, people will stage a revolt,” de Castro said Tagalog during his radio program Para Sa ‘Yo, Bayan aired over dzMM on Saturday.

“I believe that the President is not thinking of sabotaging the elections to stay in power and I don’t think she will do such a thing because she knows what would the people do if she does so,” de Castro added.

Moreover, the Vice President assured that he wouldn’t allow failure of elections to happen.

“I won’t join people who are planning to do that and the people won’t let it happen. When my term ends in June 30, I’ll step down, I’ll give chance to others,” de Castro, also the Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers and chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council said.

Prior to de Castro’s refusal to be presidential bet of the ruling Lakas-Kampi CMD in September 2009, President Arroyo described de Castro as someone as a leader imbued with the decency, capability, dedication to public service and a genuine sensitivity for the Filipino masses that will make the Vice President a good president.

De Castro ran for Senate as an independent candidate in 2001 and sought the vice presidency the running mate of President Arroyo during the 2004 elections.

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