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article imageIncumbent Philippine president Arroyo elected as congresswoman

By Leo Reyes     May 12, 2010 in Politics
Incumbent Philippine president Gloria Arroyo whose term ends on June 30, 2010 has been elected as congresswoman of the second district of Pampanga, her home province.
The outgoing president who won over three opponents was proclaimed Wednesday night at the Bren Guiao convention center in Pampanga.
Arroyo whose popularity rating has gone down to its lowest level this year on allegations of dishonesty and graft and corruption under her watch, will serve a three year term as representative of her district.
Her political opponents are saying she will aim for the position of Speaker of the House of Representatives where she has a huge number of political allies.
Political analysts say the outgoing president may try to recapture the highest position in the land should congress pass a law that would change the form of government from presidential to parliamentary, in which case she can be elected as Prime Minister.
Her two other sons are also incumbent congressmen of their respected districts. Her brother-in-law is also a reelected congressman.
Meanwhile, President Arroyo said she has formed a transition group that will pave the way for a smooth transition from her presidency to the newly elected president , 50-year old bachelor, Benigno (Noynoy) Aquino III who is winning in the on-going vote count by nearly 2-1 ratio over his closest rival former president Joseph Estrada. Votes from around 90% of precincts have already been counted, making Noynoy Aquino's victory irreversible.
President Arroyo was Noynoy Aquino's economics professor at the Ateneo de Manila University where Aquino graduated with economics degree.
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