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Arroyo repeats vow to work for ‘reforms,’ finish term

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By Joel Guinto
First Posted 19:16:00 03/13/2008

MANILA, Philippines — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo once again vowed to “work hard” for reforms and to step down only when her term ends in 2010.

“I plan to work hard for the next two years, until the end of my term in 2010,” Arroyo said in a speech in which she also detailed how the government would spend the P200-bilion budget for education this year.

“We will work to implement our reform agenda. We need to move forward…We will fight for the economy, the environment, and education,” she said.

Acknowledging students and teachers at Malacañang’s Rizal Hall, the President said: “It is an honor to serve you, our constituents.”

Ironically, students and left-wing militants are set to stage a rally in Manila on Friday to press for Arroyo’s resignation on allegations of corruption.

At the start of her speech, the President said she was elected to “work for the common good” as she thanked the public for “expressing [their] weariness of the politics of division and despair.”

Taking aim at her critics, Arroyo said: “Maybe some people and politicians have forgotten that for the first time in a generation, we have a budget, and an economy, that is generating revenue to fund programs that uplift the lives of Filipinos.”

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