Like GMA, 27 others seek lower posts to stay in power
Posted by akosistella on March 22, 2010
MANILA, Philippines – President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s formula to remain influential after stepping down from office—seek a lower post—has become a practice in Philippine politics since term limits were imposed by the 1987 Constitution. The common career path is to go up, but for politicians with limited options, demotion is preferable to retirement.
President Arroyo is running for congresswoman in the 2nd district of Pampanga. She is barred by the Constitution from seeking a new term. (She is not the first Philippine president to slide down. In 1951, former President Jose Laurel, who served as chief executive of the Japanese-sponsored government during the Second World War, sought and won a Senate seat.)
Newsbreak research shows that 27 other politicians, including a senator and a former Supreme Court associate justice, will also join the upcoming local elections to seek lower posts.
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