Palace may decide to postpone President's SONA — Ermita

June 24, 2009 9:22 am 

Manila, June 24 -— Malacanang on Wednesday said that it is open to the postponement of the State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo scheduled on July 27 if the problem with the Influenza A (H1N1) virus would worsen.

According to Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita, the Palace is open to postpone the President’s SONA if the situation would merit.

Sec. Ermita told Palace reporters during a media briefing in Anabel’s restaurant in Quezon City after the Lakas-Kampi-CMD national executive committee meeting that if authorities will recommend to adjust the date of President Arroyo’s 7th SONA due to problem of A(H1N1), then the Palace is likely inclined to postpone the event.

”If if becomes that serious, why not?,” Ermita told Malacanang reporters.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III earlier reported that the Influenza A(H1N1) cases in the country has reached 604 and and charted a sole fatality who is an employee of the House of Representatives.

Ermita also announced that President Arroyo and her party will voluntarily undergo self-quarantine upon their arrival from Japan and Brazil on June 27 (Saturday).

”The President and her party when they come home will submit themselves to the thermal scanning and for that matter, among themselves, will undertake voluntary quarantine,” Ermita added.

Accompanying the President on her trip were First Gentleman Mike Arroyo, Trade Secretary Peter Favila, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo, Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago and some 10 congressmen and some businessmen.(PNA)

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