Philippine president vows to stay in office full term

March 4th, 2008 - 3:50 pm ICT by admin  

Manila, March 4 (Xinhua) Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo Tuesday said she would stay in office till her term ends in 2010 as her husband attended a probe into allegations of corruption. Arroyo said she would continue with her job and initiate reforms so that she would leave the country strong for the next leader over the political.

The president was reacting to her political opponents’ calls for her resignation after her husband was implicated in a government telecommunications deal.

“I will be true to the constitution and to myself who has been mandated to leave the post when my term ends in 2010. Until this day, we will continue to push for reforms so that we can leave a strong nation for the next leader,” said the president.

“There is and there shall continue to be due process, rule of law, and utmost respect for the constitution. This is my pledge to you as your president and commander-in-chief,” she said.

Referring to the accusations levelled against her, Arroyo agreed with her political opponents that the law and the welfare of the country should be above politics and popularity and assured them that she would adhere to the law because this was “what every elected official has promised to do.”

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