Tuesday, 11 May 2010

President Arroyo calls for full Cabinet meeting for transition

Reports from Ruby Tayag, radio dzmm and Timi Nubla, ABS-CBN News

MANILA, Philippines - President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has advised her executive secretary to prepare for the transfer of important documents to the new president.

President Arroyo announced during celebrations of the Philippine Navy's 112th anniversary at the Philippine Coast Guard headquarters in Manila that she has already called for a full Cabinet meeting.

She said the tasks of the presidential transition coordinating team headed by Executive Secretary Leandro Mendoza will be the main subject of the meeting.

Mrs. Arroyo said she has asked Mendoza to prepare to contact representatives of this year's presidential race winner.

Liberal Party's Sen. Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III, who has vowed to support possible moves to prosecute Mrs. Arroyo if he wins the presidential race, has been leading by a wide margin in the Commission on Elections (Comelec) partial and official count.

As of Tuesday morning, Aquino was leading by at least 4.5 million from his closest rival, former president Joseph Estrada.

Nacionalista Party's Sen. Manuel "Manny" Villar Jr. and Ang Kapatiran's JC delos Reyes have already conceded to Aquino.

Mrs. Arroyo asked the military to support the next commander-in-chief.

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