Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Arroyo assures smooth transition

By Christine Avendaño
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—With Senator Benigno "Noynoy'' Aquino all but being declared as the next leader of the nation, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said Tuesday that her government was now preparing to ensure the smooth transfer of power to her successor.

In her first public speech after the May 10 polls, Arroyo spoke during the 112th anniversary of the Philippine Navy to thank the Commission on Elections, the military and the police for a job well done to make the first automated elections a success.

"Yesterday was a great day for our nation,'' Arroyo said, noting that the votes continue to come in as she declared Monday’s polls to be "fair, free and open.''

"The new electronic voting was a great leap forward for ensuring a smooth and protected vote,'' she also said.

Arroyo called on everyone in government to ensure that the new government "has the benefit from Day One of a strong stable government ready to continue work on behalf of the people who elected them.''

She also sought for cooperation with the incoming government.

"No matter which candidate emerges victorious, we must all respect the outcome and work with this newly elected officials to take our country forward,'' she said.

And in preparation for her successor, Arroyo said she has instructed Executive Secretary Leandro Mendoza to lead the "presidential transition cooperation team'' which will work closely with the representatives of the next President "to ensure peaceful, orderly and [efficient] transition on the 30th of June.''

She said she had signed the administrative order creating the transition team and that she and the Cabinet were set to discuss the transition "blueprint'' prepared by Mendoza.


Palace happy with the way automated elections went

Philippine Daily Inquirer

EVEN BEFORE THE VOTING had concluded Monday, Malacañang expressed confidence the country’s first fully automated elections—and the last balloting under the Arroyo administration’s watch—would be successful.

In a statement, Malacañang commended the voters and the “hardworking election officials, workers and volunteers … for bearing the heat, the crowds, the threats and the occasional glitches for the cause of fair, free and credible elections under the direct control of the independent Comelec.”

After voting in her Pampanga hometown, President Macapagal-Arroyo spent the rest of the day in Malacañang, attending to her regular duties and “checking from time to time” the progress of the voting in the Palace war room.

The President was to preside over a national security meeting Monday night, according to presidential spokesperson Ricardo Saludo.

“It will be an assessment of the overall support activities of the government to the Comelec. For instance, we’re handling energy and peace and order,” Saludo said in a phone interview.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Gary Olivar said Ms Arroyo will also push through with the regular Cabinet meeting Tuesday.

“The Cabinet meeting is pushing through and it goes to show how confident we are about the outcome of the elections and that it will be as everyone expects it to be—highly successful,” Olivar told a Palace briefing.

“After this election, the balance of the President’s agenda will revolve around three main themes: Transition, stability and legacy,” he said.

Saludo said the Palace was saddened by the sporadic violence reported in some areas and reminded authorities to protect the people and “neutralize the threats.”

“We are hopeful that the generally fair, free and peaceful conduct of the elections, as well as the transition to a new administration on June 30 shall show the world and our investor friends how strong, stable and vibrant our democracy is, where global enterprises can take root and flourish, as we have seen in over nine years of uninterrupted economic growth under President Gloria Arroyo,” he said.

Olivar said the success of the elections would be a “feather in the cap” of the Comelec, Smartmatic-TIM, the police and military. Christine O. Avendaño

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