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Palace on Obama ‘snub’: A ‘naughty spin’

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By Joel Guinto
First Posted 11:04:00 11/10/2008

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang has dismissed as a “naughty spin” reports that United States President-elect Barack Obama had snubbed President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s congratulatory messages.

Obama had not returned Arroyo’s phone message, which she left at the State Department, shortly after his historic win as America’s first black president on November 4. He has returned the calls of 10 world leaders, according to reports.

“These are very naughty spins. The effort is normal, normally you send a congratulatory message… He’s not available on the line, doesn’t mean that we were snubbed,” Press Secretary Jesus Dureza told radio station dzMM.

Dureza added that Arroyo had no plans of meeting Obama during her working visit this week to Chicago in Illinois, Obama’s home state, where she would meet with the Filipino community there, and the United Nations in New York for an inter-faith dialogue.

“There is no schedule,” Dureza said.

Arroyo is a staunch supporter of incumbent US President George W. Bush, a Republican, and his global war against terrorism.

Obama, a Democrat, beat Republican bet John McCain.

During a visit to the US in June, Arroyo met with McCain, but not Obama.

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