Arroyo vows ‘smooth transition to new gov’t’

MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE) President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is “deeply committed to smooth transition to a new government” and is counting on the Armed Forces of the Philippines “to help us prove that our democracy works for the future of our nation’s children.”

Arroyo made this assurance Wednesday at the formal turnover ceremony of the AFP where newly appointed chief Lieutenant General Delfin Bangit took over from General Victor Ibrado who retired today.

“We remain deeply committed to smooth transition to a new government,” Arroyo said in her speech, maintaining that she made the right decision in choosing Bangit.

“We can count on the AFP to help us prove that our democracy works for the future of our nation’s children,” she said, referring to the national polls on May 10 that will pave the way for a new president.

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