PGMA still mum on 2010 plans — Remonde

November 28, 2009 2:51 am 

MANILA, Nov. 27 — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has yet to decide if she will heed the call of her "cabalens" (provincemates) for her to run in the second district of Pampanga.

Press Secretary Cerge Remonde said the President remained undecided even if more than 500 of her supporters trooped to Malacanang Friday morning urging her to represent them in the second district of Pampanga.

"The President has no decision yet, perhaps we should wait for the proper announcement regarding this matter," Remonde said during a media briefing in Malacanang.

Members of various multi-sectoral groups in the six towns of the second district of Pampanga urged the President to run to provide continuity to her numerous projects and programs she initiated and implemented in their district.

The group represents some 800 organizations in the six towns composed of farmers, fishermen, indigenous (Aetas), businessmen, professionals and the transport and women sectors.

They thanked the President for her numerous projects that include the establishment and provision of farm-to-market roads, post-harvest facilities, certified seeds, irrigation, potable water, electricity, schools, various scholarships, anti-flooding projects and distribution of certificates of ancestral domain titles (CADTs) for the Aetas.

The group also presented to the President a manifesto convincing her to run as congresswoman in Pampanga.

“Ito ang aming panawagan, Pangulong Gloria, kayo po ay aming pinakikiusapan na tumakbo bilang kinatawan sa Kongreso sa ikalawang distrito ng Pampanga, kayo ang gusto naming kumatawan sa amin sa Kongreso upang doon ay ituloy ninyo ang mga nasimulang proyekto at programa, upang doon ay patuloy ninyong maitaguyod ang inyong mga dakilang mithiin hindi lamang sa Pampanga, kundi sa buong bansa," the manifesto read.

The President, however, did not make any categorical statement but just smiled and thanked her cabalens.

The group said they are hoping the President would heed their call and file her candidacy before the December 1 deadline. (PNA)



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