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Arroyo to run for Congress

Posted on: November 30, 2009

Arroyo to run for Congress

By Lira Dalangin-Fernandez
First Posted 09:56:00 11/30/2009

Filed Under: Politics, Eleksyon 2010, Elections

MANILA, Philippines—(UPDATE) President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will run for a congressional seat in her home province in Pampanga, according to the government-run dzRB.

When asked about her political plans for 2010, she said in a taped interview with dzRB to be aired later in the afternoon, “I will file.”

Arroyo, who served nine years in office, becomes the first Philippine president who will seek a lower position as a member of the House of Representatives after her term ends.

Arroyo is expected file her certificate of candidacy before the deadline tomorrow, December 1.

The signs have been present that she was not retiring yet.

Last Friday, a group of farmers form Pampanga trooped to Malacanang and urged her to continue serving them by running next year.

On Thursday, the Pampanga Mayors’ League circulated a resolution signed by 20 town mayors urging Arroyo to “heed the clamor form her constituency to run as second district representative…in Pampanga.”

Arroyo’s eldest son, Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo is the incumbent representative in the province’s second district.

Arroyo is a registered voter in Lubao, the hometown of her father, the late President Diosdado Macapagal. Lubao is among the six towns in the district, the second vote-rich area in Pampanga after the third district.

The President has visited Pampanga 47 times this year, 18 of which were made in Lubao, according to Philippine Daily Inquirer report.

Earlier in the day, at the Commission on Elections office in Manila, the President’s lawyer said the President would make her decision known by lunch today in Pampanga.

“The President has not given definite word but based on her body language, she seriously considers running,” said election lawyer Romulo Macalintal.
With reports from Anna Valmero


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