Palace says PGMA will push 3 remaining agenda

May 10, 2010 8:08 pm 

MANILA, May 10 — The results of the May 10 elections notwithstanding, there will be no change in the direction and pace of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s agenda of transition, stability and legacy during the remaining 50 days of her term, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Gary Olivar said today.

“The President will be working at her usual frenetic pace to complete as much unfinished business as she can in her remaining time, and leave to her successor a substantial legacy to build upon, if he or she so chooses,” Olivar said during his regular press briefing at Malacanang.

After today’s elections, Olivar said the balance of the President’s agenda would revolve around three main themes: transition, stability, and legacy.

“Whoever our people may elect to succeed the President, that person can be assured that the full weight and might of the (Arroyo) administration’s resources will be brought to bear to ensure an orderly transfer of power to the president-elect, and the maintenance of stability and continuity of our essential republican institutions,” the Palace official stressed.

He also said that the momentum President Arroyo generated over the past nine years of her administration “would serve as a starting point for her legislative agenda,” in case her province-mates elect her as their representative for the second congressional district of Pampanga.

Olivar took the Palace press briefing as an opportunity to commend the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for what he said was the success of today’s national and local elections which for the first time in the country’s history employed an automated technology.

The success of today’s political exercise will certainly be “a feather in the cap” of Comelec, Olivar said, admitting that the poll body over the years “has not had a smooth relationship with our voters.”

He said that today’s automated election will also mark the fulfillment of one of the two remaining event-based commitments of the President under her 10-point “Beat the Odds” agenda.

The other commitment, he said, is a balanced budget, which was on track but which was overtaken by last year’s global recession. Olivar said President Arroyo would leave the budget issue to her successor.

“This is how history is intended to be made, this is how the country is supposed to be built — one step at a time, one stone at a time into the grand edifice,” added Olivar, a university professor who was a known student-activist leader in the 1970s. (PNA)

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