ARROYO HOMES SPRUCED UP FOR GMA RETIREMENTSan 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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