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2008/11/23

Duque says President Arroyo is sincere to end her term in 2010

General Santos City (November 23) -- Health Secretary Francisco Duque III doused off speculations by local media here of a possible term extension for President Arroyo saying he believes the president is sincere to end her term in 2010.

In a press conference today, Duque was asked to react on the controversial prayer of Press Secretary Jesus Dureza for the President to have the "tolerance to serve the nation until 2010 and beyond," which he delivered at the start of a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday in Malacaņang.

Duque said the president is not showing any sign that she wanted to extend her presidency beyond 2010 every time they get together during Cabinet meetings.

"Naniniwala ako na ang Pangulong Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo ay tatapusin lamang ang kanyang termino till 2010 at sa aking tingin sa tuwing kami ay nagtitipon para sa Cabinet meeting wala namang indikasyon na mayroon s'yang hangad na manatili sa kanyang pagiging pangulo na lampas ng 2010," he said.

Duque urged members of the press not to take seriously the prayer of Secretary Dureza, and avoid putting more meaning to it.

He said Dureza himself admitted that he committed a "gag," a sort of "blunder" when he said those words, but had already apologized to the President.

"Wag na po tayong maglagay pa ng karagdagang kahulugan doon sa mga nasabi ng isang gabinete ako na lang ang paniwalaan ninyo na wala ho akong nakikitang ganung indikasyon at naniniwala naman ako na ang pangulo ay tapat na ang kanyang panunungkulan ay hanggang 2010 lamang," he added. (PIA-SarGen) [top]

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