MANILA, Philippines – President Arroyo continues to be coy about her political plans for 2010, but she has categorically told US President Barack Obama that she is stepping down as scheduled on June 30, 2010.
“Yes, we have elections in 2010. I will leave office on June 30. But I will be working until the last minute on issues that matter,” President Arroyo told Obama at their White House meeting last month, according to a highly reliable government source.
This developed as Malacañang submitted to Congress yesterday what was described as President Arroyo’s “final” budget proposal, amounting to P1.5 trillion for 2010.