Arroyo ally taunts: OK, she quits; Noli takes over, boo!

MANILA, Philippines — Trust this ally of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to trot out a handy bogey in her defense.

Apparently to defuse the impact of former President Fidel Ramos’ call for Ms Arroyo to step down now after she filed her certificate of candidacy for representative of her home province, Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez in effect posed this question: Do you want Vice President Noli de Castro to lead the country while the economy is in the doldrums?

Suarez said Ms Arroyo—who holds a doctorate in economics and taught the subject in top schools—had to continue leading the nation because her expertise was very much needed in the face of the foundering global economy and the Philippines’ own shaky financial health.

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