In a report from government-run dzRB this morning, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has formally announced that she will run for Congress in Pampanga's second district.
In a recorded interview aired over the station, Arroyo said: "Gaya ng alam ninyo, hiniling rin ako ng mga mamayan ng aking tahanang distrito sa Pampanga na manatili sa buhay publiko (As you all know, the residents of Pampanga's second district have urged me to remain in public service)."
"After much soul-searching, I have decided to respond affirmatively to their call. To that end, I will file my (certificate of) candidacy for Congress in order to serve the hardworking people of my home province," she said.
Political aspirants have until Tuesday midnight to file their certificates of candidacy with the Commission on Elections (Comelec). According to her official political spokesperson Romulo Macalintal, President Arroyo's duly-authorized representative will file her Certificate of Candidacy (COC) this tuesdayy in San Fernando, Pampanga, The representative will be accompanied by Pampanga mayors who support her congressional bid.
The critics of the administration allegedly accused the president that once she is elected into office, her colleagues in Congress would push for a shift into a parliamentary system of government and subsequently elect her as prime minister.
Answering a question from a government broadcaster about the issue, Mrs. Arroyo said: "The situation is so hypothetical. I won’t even bother to speculate about it."
The incumbent Pampanga second district Representative Juan Miguel "Mikey" Arroyo who is also the son of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, told GMANews.TV in an earlier phone interview that he will give way to his mother if she decides to run.
Meanwhile, Sociology professor and civil society leader Randy David, who had earlier expressed that he might consider running against Mrs. Arroyo if she runs for the post, said that he has decided to heed the request of his family for him not to go into politics.
David said it was difficult to contest Mrs. Arroyo in Pampanga, saying, "Ang kalaban mo rito higante, eh. Ito yung amo ng lahat ng mga warlord (You will be going against a giant; the boss of warlords)."
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