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Palace rallies Filipinos behind Noynoy, Binay

Manila (11 June) -- Malacaņang yesterday expressed support for President-elect Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III and Vice President-elect Jejomar Binay, issuing a call for all Filipinos, from all political groups, to rally behind the leadership of the next administration.

(President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Wednesday night personally conveyed to the President-elect her wishes for the latter's success, in a telephone call from Shanghai. Presidential Spokesman Ricardo Saludo said the President wished the President-elect "all the success and all the best.")

"The President has called on every Filipino to unite behind the new leaders," Saludo said at a news briefing in Malacaņang.

Saludo said the Palace is ready to assist the incoming administration to ensure a smooth transition.

He said issues against the President Arroyo should be left to the government institutions concerned to "clear and resolve" and should not be a reason for non-cooperation.

Saludo also called on the President-elect to "look into the achievements of the Arroyo administration" when he examines the problems affecting the country on July 1, his first official working day.

"Look into the problems and achievements so that the next administration can build upon the gains of the Arroyo administration," Saludo said.

Among others Saludo mentioned such programs as the conditional cash transfer which he said is a success in the Arroyo administration. He cited the Arroyo administration's initiatives in securing funding from the Millennium Challenge Corp. of the State Department of the United States Government to sustain the conditional cash transfer program.

Saludo also cited the current economic reforms leading to the lower budget deficit and better economic growth as one of the Arroyo's achievements.

"Now, the public sector debt is half of the GDP and the budget deficit is down to three percent (of the GDP) and we are expecting it to go down in coming days," he said.

"We have to cooperate to have a smooth transition and then moving forward since the President is in the legislature and head of a major party. That is another basis of cooperation, moving forward," Saludo said. (PIA) [top]

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