Philippines President Maintains Desire To Hold Position
February 14, 2008 at 9:03 pm | Posted in 1 | Leave a comment
Philippine leader Gloria Arroyo and husband, Jose Miguel Arroyo pray at a church in Baguio City in this photo taken December 30, 2007.
Philippine President Gloria Arroyo has vowed to remain in office until her term ends in 2010 despite mounting calls for her resignation over a kickbacks scandal.
She says she is proud of bringing record growth to one of Asia’s slowest-moving economies, and that allegations against her are political noise.
The opposition, many in the powerful Catholic Church and an influential business group, have backed street protests for tomorrow to demand her resignation over revelations in a Senate inquiry into kickbacks that may involve her husband.
The army and police are on full alert.
An Army spokesman says there are intelligence reports that elements from the communist New People’s Army plan to infiltrate the ranks of protesters and instigate violence.
President Arroyo’s critics have been holding daily protests around Manila, calling on her to resign.(Radio Australia)