Saturday, 29 May 2010

Palace proposes joint meeting of Arroyo, Aquino Cabinets

By TJ Burgonio
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines— It looks like President Macpagal-Arroyo will have an early meeting with her presumptive successor, Sen. Benigno Aquino III, and an early reunion with some members of the “Hyatt 10.’’

Malacañang has proposed a joint Cabinet meeting of the Arroyo Cabinet and Aquino’s prospective Cabinet before June 30 to ensure a “seamless transition,’’ and Ms Arroyo has approved of this.

“There would be a very good transition, and establishing rapport and establishing a relation between the outgoing and the incoming Presidents,’’ Social Welfare Secretary Cecilia Yangco said of the planned joint meeting.

The Arroyo-created transition team broached the idea to Ms Arroyo at last Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting in Angeles City, Pampanga, and the President agreed to it, Yangco said.

“It was up to the other side to pick it up from there,’’ she said.

The transition team, which is chaired by Executive Secretary Leandro Mendoza, was looking at a date between June 1 and 20 for the joint Cabinet meeting, according to Yangco.


Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines (Xinhua) - Social Welfare Secretary Celia Yangco said today that President Arroyo is planning a joint Cabinet meeting between the incoming and outgoing administrations to ensure a smooth transition of power in the Philippines by June 30.

Yangco said a joint Cabinet meeting, which could be presided jointly by outgoing President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and President-apparent Benigno Aquino III would establish a "very good transition and rapport" and "really promote unity and the sense of healing and togetherness" between the incoming and outgoing officials.

She said the Transition Committee, chaired by Executive Secretary Leandro Mendoza, will hold orientations for incoming officials in June.

But she admitted that the plan may not prosper because "it would depend on how the incoming administration will welcome this. " She said it was President Arroyo who initiated the moves to have a seamless transition.

Senator Aquino III won more than 13 million votes during the May 10 presidential election. The final results will be proclaimed by the Congress next month.

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