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DPWH Secretary Bonoan is guest in 23rd yen concreting inauguration Wednesday

By Bong Pedalino

MAASIN CITY (17 April) -- The inauguration of the newly-finished road concreting project in the pacific and Panaon areas of the province will go as scheduled on Wednesday, April 18.

But President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo will not be the guest of honor as earlier announced due to the lingering hospital condition of First Gentleman Mike Arroyo, the President’s husband.

Instead, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Manuel Bonoan will be the one to represent the country’s Chief Executive, according to a communication relayed by the Office of the President to Rep. Roger Mercado, a fax copy of which was obtained by PIA through Aida Morsen, a Staff Officer at the Congressman’s District Office, this city.

“This refers to your letter requesting the presence of Her Excellency President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo during the ribbon-cutting ceremonies of the Southern Leyte Arterial Road Project (SLARP) on 18 April 2007 in San Francisco, Southern Leyte,” Undersecretary Marilou Frostrom, the Deputy Director-General for Presidential Engagements wrote Cong. Mercado in a letter dated April 13.

“Please be informed that the President is constrained from accommodating your request. Her Excellency, however, gave instruction for Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Manuel Bonoan to represent her,” USEC Frostrom said.

The letter did not specify why the request was denied, but it was apparent the health reason of the First Gentleman was the overriding concern.

At the DPWH-Southern Leyte Office, Engr. Lino Gonzales, the designated Information Officer, said Sec. Bonoan is expected at San Francisco town, the venue of the activity, at about ten in the morning, then depart back to Manila right at once after dinner.

Morsen had said Cong. Mercado was in Manila already, and he will accompany Bonoan for the inauguration. (PIA-Southern Leyte) [top]

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