Arroyo declares state of calamity in Mindanao
Posted by akosistella on March 11, 2010
MANILA, Philippines – President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has declared a state of calamity in Mindanao, but Malacañang has ruled out any price cap on oil prices under such a declaration, officials said Thursday.
“She has declared it in Mindanao,'’ Secretary Ricardo Saludo, presidential spokesman, said by phone, quoting Defense Secretary Norberto Gonzales who pushed for the declaration.
Ms Arroyo flew to Tawi-Tawi to inspect the construction of three bridges, inaugurate a water supply improvement project, and then to Zamboanga del Norte to inspect a road project.
Arroyo was accompanied on her trip by Gonzales and Secretary Jesus Dureza of the Mindanao Development Authority, who confirmed to reporters by text that she has approved the recommendation to declare a state of calamity on the island.
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Acosta: No guarantee of peaceful transition
BACOLOD CITY, Philippines – The assumption of Lt. Gen. Delfin Bangit as head of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the recent behavior of the Commission on Elections do not inspire confidence that the May 10 polls would be credible and honest, a Liberal Party senatorial candidate has said.
“This government is not yielding an inch. There is no guarantee of a peaceful transfer of power, because President Gloria Arroyo wants to hold on to power for as long as she can,” Neric Acosta said.
He had visited Negros Occidental Gov. Isidro Zayco at the provincial capitol here.
Acosta said the president was still a player since she was running for congresswoman of Pampanga and Bangit was closely associated with her.