President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo can run for vice president or congresswoman in the May 2010 polls without stepping down from the presidency, election lawyers said on Friday amid speculations that she will seek political office next year.
In an interview over radio dzXL, President Arroyo’s lawyer Romulo Macalintal said there is no law prompting Mrs. Arroyo to resign or take a leave from the presidency while campaigning for an electoral post.
“Walang leave of absence, di siya dapat mag-resign. Walang batas na nagsasabing dapat siya mag-resign (There will be no need for her to take a leave of absence or resign. There is no law saying she should quit her job to campaign),” Macalintal said.
With her Congress allies pushing for Charter change, speculation is rife that Mrs. Arroyo will run for Pampanga congresswoman in 2010. Under a parliamentary form of government, she can run for prime minister and remain in power.