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2008/08/15

Commentary: Some people are just "jumping the gun", says Ermita

By Miriam P. Aquino

San Fernando City, La Union (15 August) -- Malacaņang earnestly denied some allegations that the administration's strong support to the Senate Resolution No. 10 which calls for Congress to convene as a Constituent Assembly to change the Constitution so that a federal form of government may be adopted, could only be used as a tool for the President to remain in power beyond 2010.

As Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita calls it, some people/sectors were just "jumping the gun" in speculating that Cha-Cha would be used to keep the President in power beyond her term.

Ermita stood firmly in defense against this misconception quoting the President in her 2008 SONA saying, "For the remainder of my term until I step down in 2010, the best thing we can do is to stay focused on economic reforms, while providing peace, order and stability."

This statement he said, clearly imparts her decision to vacate her office when her term ends in 2010, as she used to convey in her various speeches.

This confusion over the issue stemmed from the Swiss President Pascal Couchepin's three-day state visit where the two leaders exchange information on the matter.

"Knowing that we had just undertaken a People's Initiative to change our Constitution two years ago, they are good enough to exchange with us their experiences having a federal form of government," Ermita added. (PIA La Union) [top]

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