PGMA can still run for an elective post in 2010, Gonzalez says

June 10, 2009 12:06 pm 

MANILA, June 10 — Outgoing Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Raul Gonzalez on Wednesday said that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo can run for any position in the May 10, 2010 national elections.

"President Arroyo is allowed by the 1987 Constitution to run in the 2010 elections as Vice President, Senator or Congressman," Gonzalez told reporters in his "farewell lunch" for the media covering the DOJ.

However, asked whether there are indications that the President plans to run for any other position in the May 10, 2010 elections, "None that I know of," Gonzalez said.

"If we shift to parliamentary system, everything is possible," he noted.

Gonzalez pointed out that the head of the ruling party, in a Parliamentary form of government, is normally elected as Prime Minister.

The outgoing DOJ chief admitted that he was the primary mover of the Constituent Assembly when he was still a Member of the House of Representatives.

He stressed that it is good that the issue of the Constituent Assembly is brought before the Supreme Court so that, once and for all, the issue will be settled.

"Public opinion, however, has always (been) adverse to me," Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez served as the Congressman of Iloilo City in the 11th and 12th Congresses and was appointed Deputy Speaker for the Visayas at the time.

He was appointed by President Arroyo as Chief Presidential Legal Counsel on June 4, 2009 and is set to turn over the helm of the DOJ to Solicitor General Agnes Devanadera on Monday, June 15, 2009. (PNA) /V3/DCT/PTR/

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