MIKEY  TO  FVR:  HELP  MY  MOM  KEEP  ECONOMY  AFLOAT  AMID  GLOBAL CRISIS

MANILA,
JULY 19, 2009 (STAR) By Delon Porcalla - Former President Fidel Ramos would be better off helping President Arroyo keep the country’s fragile economy afloat in the midst of the global financial crisis rather than continue criticizing her government, Mrs. Arroyo’s son said yesterday.

Insisting he would not want to engage in a verbal tussle with the ex-president, Pampanga Rep. Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo also assured Ramos, his mother’s detractors and the public in general, that the Chief Executive would definitely be stepping down by June 2010.

“It is improper for me, a mere second-term representative, to engage a former president who has much accomplishment in a word war. I just appeal to him to appreciate President Arroyo’s efforts in finding ways and means to keep our economy afloat,” he said.

“As the eldest son of the President, I humbly give my assurance to everybody that my mother is looking forward to stepping down from the presidency mid next year,” the presidential son stressed.

The younger Arroyo clarified that his mother is more concerned about the economy in the face of global recession, and not on insinuations that she plans to perpetuate herself in power by way of Charter change.

Ramos earlier took a dig at the President during a lecture in Makati City.

“Going up to the summit is optional, but coming down is mandatory. You cannot stay at the top forever,” he said.

The former president followed up his remarks with an old Filipino adage, “Bato-bato sa langit, ang tamaan huwag magalit,” an obvious reference to Mrs. Arroyo.

But the President has assured that there will be elections in 2010.

“Let me say, in no uncertain terms, there will be elections in 2010,” Mrs. Arroyo declared in Davao the other day upon her return from her trip to Egypt.

“Anybody who questions our resolve on this critical issue is undermining our country’s commitment to a vibrant democracy,” she told members of the League of Municipalities and thanked them for “advocating the need to fix our broken political system.”

Her critics said Mrs. Arroyo should categorically state that she was referring to presidential elections.

A successful Charter change bid by her allies in Congress would pave the way for a parliamentary form of government to be headed by a prime minister who would be chosen by elected members of parliament.


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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