ARROYO HOMES SPRUCED UP FOR GMA RETIREMENT

San Fernando, Pampanga, June 7, 2003  The Arroyos are cleaning up their 
residence in La Vista, Quezon City in preparation for the return to private 
life of President Arroyo next year, her son Pampanga Vice Gov. Mikey Arroyo 
told media yesterday.

"This is an indication that my mother is prepared to relinquish the 
presidency next year and that she will not run anymore," Arroyo said. "It 
is heartwarming and flattering that people are urging her to run for 
president in next year’s elections, but I don’t think she will change her 
mind."

But Mikey said those urging his mother to run for president next year, have 
the right to express their sentiments on political issues.

"I don’t want them to feel ignored, but I don’t think my mother will change 
her mind," he added.

Mikey said that during family private lunches at Malacañang almost every 
Sunday, the family talks about preparations to move out of Malacañang and 
clean up their homes in La Vista and Baguio City and return to a peaceful 
private life.

“I am now attending to the room for my baby in La Vista," he said, 
referring to Mikaela Gloria, his firstborn with Angela Montenegro.

"Her not running is a personal sacrifice she has committed, as there are 
others who are also qualified for the presidency," he added.

Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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