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5 December 2009
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Arroyo’s bid for congress receives mixed reaction from business sector

Philippine President Macapagal-Arroyo’s announcement of her congressional bid has elicited mixed reactions from the business sector, with one group saying it was part of her pursuit of Charter change and another saying it not an issue at all, reported the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

The Makati Business Club accused Ms Arroyo of being unwilling to give up not only public office but also "the accompanying trappings of power.’’

"Her decision to run for a House seat bolsters our long-held suspicion that the President is determined to pursue her Charter-change agenda with the ultimate objective of having herself installed as the prime minister of a newly formed Philippine parliament,’’ the group said in a statement on Friday.

"And once she re-ascends to the pinnacle of political power, she will drag us back down the path of cheating, corruption, manipulation, deception, and cynicism,’’ it added.

To prove its point, the MBC related that only two days after the Maguindanao massacre, Ms Arroyo chose to go for her 50th visit to Pampanga to inspect a dredging project instead of condoling with the families of the victims.

The MBC called on Filipino voters "not to be led back down that road to perdition.’’ On the flipside, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry said the President’s candidacy was a "non-issue to the business community.’’

"The President’s decision is a personal choice contained within the bounds of the country’s democratic exercise. PCCI believes that any legal challenges to this decision should be made with proper representation at the proper forum,’’ the group said in a statement.



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