Friday, July 08, 2005


Arroyo opts for impeachment process
July 08, 2005 Updated 06:03pm (Mla time)
Lira Dalangin-Fernandez

(UPDATE) PRESIDENT Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo challenged her political opponents to take their grievances to Congress where she said she was willing to face the impeachment process, as she rejected calls anew for her to resign.

Arroyo issued the statement in response to former president Corazon Aquino's appeal to her to make the "supreme sacrifice" and step down.

"As former president Aquino is well aware, the President is charged by the nation to defend our hard-won democracy at all costs. To those who have forgotten this I say, take your grievances to Congress where I am very willing to submit to due process as called for by our Constitution," she said in a recorded statement aired on radio and television.

Arroyo lamented that the country has fallen on a "dangerous pattern where the answer to every crisis is to subvert due process rather than work within the system." "This must stop."

In the meantime, Arroyo said she would focus on the "business" of giving people a better life.

She said she would announce in the coming days the new members of her Cabinet who would be "committed to the nation and the democratic principles."

She said the team would concentrate on getting the economy going and would move away from political bickering.
Reason enough why I believe the President is the only person right now who is so sober and rooted to reality regarding the crisis surrounding her. Now, if only more people will think the same, we could all move on.


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