Arroyo snubs PNPA rites

President reportedly upset with PNP chief

MANILA, Philippines—Was that a snub?

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo Thursday skipped the graduation ceremony of the Philippine National Police Academy in a show of displeasure over Director General Jesus Verzosa’s declaration that he would not support a move to extend her term, police sources told the Inquirer on condition of anonymity.

Interior Secretary Ronaldo Puno instead represented Ms Arroyo, who flew to Sarangani, Lanao del Sur and Zamboanga del Sur to attend to concerns sparked by the prolonged El Niño dry spell, said Malacañang spokesperson Ricardo Saludo.

Ms Arroyo’s activities, however, had nothing to do with the drought—like welcoming a delegation of Indonesian businessmen, witnessing a signing ceremony and visiting a high school and public market, according to a Palace schedule.

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