Press Release
February 15, 2010

Statement of Senator Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. on President Arroyo's congressional candidacy and plan to install her as House Speaker

The idea is flawed from conception. Her running from Congress, to my mind, is covered by the intent of the constitutional prohibition against the reelection of a sitting President.

The evil sought to be avoided is the incumbent President's access to, and use of, the vast powers and enormous funds at her disposal, thereby creating an uneven political playing field, which is abhorred by democracies.

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