PGMA will never be a lame-duck president until her term ends in 2010 – Palace

June 22, 2009 8:50 am 

Manila, June 22 -— Malacanang assured that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will not be a lame-duck president until her term expires on June 30, 2010.

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Lorelei Fajardo said in a news briefing in Malacanang that President Arroyo will perform her duties and responsibilities as an elected president until her terms expires in 2010.

She also said we have to follow all the instructions of the President because she is still the chief executive until her term ends in June 30, 2010.

”You know any president for that matter once elected as president, everybody knows after 6 years he or she will step down so what we’re doing now probably to focus to make sure her legacy program would be delivered in time before she steps down on 2010,” Fajardo added.

She stressed all officials in the administration will make sure that all the commitments of President Arroyo especially during her SONA will be delivered on time before she steps down.

According to Fajardo, all of us under the law would have to follow the instructions of the president and we should work to institutionalize her legacy program so that the next president whoever would it be would also adopt the good program of this administration.

Meanwhile, Deputy Presidential Spokesman for economic affairs Gary Olivar also told reporters during the same media briefing in Malacanang that there is no economic instability.

According to Olivar, we have a stable economy, a growing economy under the presidency of Mrs. Arroyo.

Olivar issued the statement in reaction to former President Fidel Ramos' statement who said the so-called "controversy" stirred by the chief executive herself caused economic instability.

"Our economy is growing, we are politically stable. I don’t think this is really creating controversy as far as the Palace is concerned. We remain focused all these times in doing what we have to do. We stick to the direction of the Palace in just focusing in governance,” Olivar stressed.(PNA)

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