Palace: No stopping 2010 polls
By Joel Guinto
First Posted 10:11:00 03/25/2009
SAN JUAN, Batangas — There’s no stopping the elections in 2010, not even the reported last-ditch effort at the House of Representatives to amend the Constitution, Malacanang said.
Presidential Political Adviser Gabriel Claudio and Press Secretary Cerge Remonde noted that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has signed the 11.3-billion supplemental budget to automate the elections and that the administration coalition was preparing its line-up of candidates.
Claudio also took a swipe at Senator Manuel Villar, who raised fears over Charter change, saying he “worries too much” and could be “campaigning too hard.”
Villar, who has declared his intention to run for President, claimed that a House resolution to convene a constituent assembly to rewrite the Charter was 20 votes shy of approval.
“I don’t think the momentum for an election can b stopped. It will be difficult for advocates of charter change to compete with that. The whole country, this adminstratn included, is on election mode and [is] in the mood for elections,” Claudio said.
Claudio said Charter change proponents in Congress must “clarify their position” when sessions resume next month.
“I think Senator Villar worries too much. There’s no reason for him to cause further anxiety to hmself and to the public about an imaginary disruption of next year’s elections. He must be campaigning too hard,” Claudio said.
Arroyo will be in this resort town south of Manila on Wednesday afternoon to inaugurate a road project.
In an interview on state-run radio station dzRB, Remonde said the Palace was not behind the Charter change effort. He said even the President’s son, Pampanga Representative Juan Miguel Arroyo, denied involvement in it.
“Allegations that Malacanang is still behind cha cha is speculation and political intruge at this point in time because we never talk about cha cha in Malacanang,” he said.
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