Thursday, May 13, 2010

Exiting Philippine leader to visit Sulu

President Gloria Arroyo, who is stepping down on June 30, is proclaimed in Pampanga province where she wins a seat in Congress. Arroyo is to visit Sulu province on Friday, May 14, 2010 to inspect government projects with re-elected Sulu governor Sakur Tan.

SULU, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / May 13, 2010) – Philippine soldiers have tightened security in the southern province of Sulu where President Gloria Arroyo is expected to visit Friday.

Arroyo, who won a Congressional seat in Monday’s general elections, is to step down on June 30, but still would visit the town of Maimbung to see development projects in the area.

The re-elected governor of Sulu, Sakur Tan, is set to welcome the President and led the tour in Maimbung where he is proposing to build a school of fisheries and agriculture and offer free education.

Tan already developed the wharf in Maimbung and introduced fish cages and marine culture to provide livelihood to thousands of Muslim fishermen during his first term.

Arroyo is also expected to unveil fresh package of aid and development projects to the impoverished province before she steps down. Arroyo, who has majority members of Congress behind here, is said to be aspiring to become the House Speaker.

Opposition senator Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III is leading in the presidential race against former President Joseph Ejercito Estrada, who was ousted and convicted of plunder in 2001. (Mindanao Examiner)