Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Arroyo to personally congratulate Aquino


MANILA, Philippines - President Arroyo is set to personally congratulate President-elect Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III after the latter was proclaimed winner of the May 2010 presidential election.

Executive Secretary Leandro Mendoza said Mrs. Arroyo is still deciding whether to call Aquino on the phone or send an official letter to congratulate her successor.

"She is going to deliver the message on her own. She will have a separate congratulatory message," Mendoza said at a press briefing.

Before the briefing, Mendoza congratulated the new President and Vice-President who are both set to be proclaimed by Congress later Wednesday.

"We congratulate our new President and Vice-President who, I understand, will be formally proclaimed today by Congress. In the last election, we demonstrated the political maturity and stability leading to this smooth transition and changing of the guards. We wish the new government all the best, as we leave in their hands an economy in better shape than when we found it 9 years ago," he said.

Asked why he did not name both Aquino and Vice-President elect Jejomar Binay, Mendoza replied: "It's just like repeating the redundancy of the obvious."

He also thanked all institutions responsible for the success of the country's first every automated elections.

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