Angara seeks election of new Senate head to avoid ‘vacuum’
Posted by akosistella on March 22, 2010
The Senate would have to elect when sessions resume on May 31 a new leader whose term is not expiring on June 30 to ensure somebody will be in charge in case elections fail on May 10, Senator Edgardo J. Angara said on Sunday.
Angara, a former Senate president who still has to finish half of his six-year term until 2013, noted that the terms of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Vice President Noli de Castro, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and House Speaker Prospero Nograles would all expire on June 30.
This means nobody would be at the country’s helm after that in case of an election failure, he told dzBB radio. “It’s an imperative for the survival of the republic,” Angara, an administration ally, said of the election of a new Senate president.
Palace pledge: Arroyo gone after June 30
MANILA, Philippines—Amid fears of failed polls in May and a military takeover, spokespersons of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Palace officials Sunday insisted that she had no plans of extending her term beyond what was prescribed in the Constitution.
“Malacañang assured the public that (the President) will definitely step down on June 30,” said Charito Planas, Ms Arroyo’s deputy spokesperson.
“The tours she has been making around the country are her last-minute rounds to check that all her finished projects are being maintained and will be maintained, [and that] all ongoing projects are being continued and the unfinished ones to be assumed and continued by whoever will win in the coming polls,” Planas said in a statement.
OF course, once upon a time, she also pledged she wouldn’t run for president. Liar, liar, pants on fire!