Joker says PGMA can run for lower post in 2010 without quitting as president

June 25, 2009 8:45 am 

By Jelly F. Musico

MANILA, June 25 – Senator Joker Arroyo said on Thursday that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo can run for a lower position in the 2010 national and local elections without stepping down as President.

The veteran lawmaker made his comment in response to the reports that President Arroyo might opt to seek the congressional seat in Pampanga province.

”If the senators can run for another elective post without resigning their present positions, why should this not apply for the President of this country?” Sen. Arroyo said.

The allies of the President earlier said there was no legal impediment if the Chief Executive decided to run for a congressional post.

House Speaker Prospero Nograles said it was a “personal and valid decision” of the President if she wanted to continue public service after her term ends in 2010.

Former Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez had also said President Arroyo could seek any elective post apart from the presidency come 2010.

Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Jose Melo has even declared that there was no need for President Arroyo to resign if she would run for post in the House of Representatives.

”She need not resign as stated in the amended Omnibus Election Code," Melo said in a dwIZ radio interview last Monday.

Melo clarified that only the appointed officials running in the elections are required to quit from their posts. (PNA) LAP/JFM

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