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Dureza bows out with a prayer

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By Joel Guinto
First Posted 12:45:00 02/02/2009

Filed Under: Government

MANILA, Philippines – With a prayer, outgoing Press Secretary Jesus Dureza relinquished his post to his successor Cerge Remonde on Monday.

If his predecessor, Ignacio Bunye, bowed out with a song, his own reworking of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way,” Dureza said he was bowing out with a prayer, because it was what he did best.

Dureza was alluding to his prayer during a Cabinet meeting in November 2008, wherein he drew President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s ire for saying that she should serve “even beyond” the end of her term in 2010.

The prayer raised fears that the President was moving to stay in power beyond 2010.

Dureza, incoming chief presidential legal counsel, said he prayed that Remonde could serve the country “beyond 2010,” but “in a private capacity.”

Dureza said his controversial prayer was a “moment of great note” because the portion of his prayer, wherein he said the President could serve beyond 2010, but in a private capacity, was “spliced” by media.

“I was a splicing victim,” he said.

Dureza said he hoped that Remonde could make the public appreciate the work that Arroyo has done for the country.

“She has been greatly misappreciated by many,” he said.

Remonde’s former post as head of the Presidential Management Staff was taken over by former presidential peace adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr.

Former national police chief Avelino Razon Jr. replaced Esperon at the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP).

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