Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Arroyo asks Filipinos to support new leader


PRESIDENT GLORIA Macapagal-Arroyo has called on Filipinos to support the next president regardless of his political affiliation.

This, after she signed a directive that would ensure a smooth transition of power even before she steps down on June 30.

"As we wait for Comelec (Commission on Elections) and Congress to officially determine the election winners, let us all respect the work that the dedicated men and women of Comelec are carrying out. No matter which candidates emerge victorious, we must all respect the outcome and work with these newly elected officials to take our country forward," Mrs. Arroyo said at the 112th anniversary celebration of the Navy where she was keynote speaker.

"I call on you, the men and women of the Philippine Navy, and all other sectors of our armed forces to give our new commander in chief the same support and cooperation you have given me during my tenure as president of the Republic of the Philippines. I thank you for that support. You have honored our country with you commitment to our Constitution," she added.

Presidential Management Staff Director-General Ma. Elena H. Bautista confirmed in a phone interview yesterday that the President has signed on May 9 an administrative order that would establish the Presidential Transition Coordination Team (PCTC).

The number of the administrative order has yet to be determined, she said.

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