• ‘They’re packing up and getting ready to go’


    PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III and other Malacañang officials are already packing up in preparation for the end of their six-year reign on June 30.

    Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said that, in fact, his staff at the Presidential Communications Operations Office have begun “cleaning up” for the turn over to the next occupants.

    “These preparations … even I have started to clean up as we prepare to go. It’s only natural because everyone knows when we have to go. It is only proper to prepare for it,” he told reporters.

    Asked to describe his six-year stay in Malacañang, Coloma said: “It was very meaningful. There was a lot of learning.”

    He said the last time he spoke with Aquino was on the night of Monday’s elections, and he said that during that time the President showed no sign of anxiety or grief even when administration bet Manuel ‘Mar” Roxas II lagged in the canvassing.

    “We can say that the President looks at all developments with equanimity and objectivity,” Coloma stressed.

    He also said the ruling administration Liberal Party does not see its defeat as something to be frustrated over, explaining that such loss did not mean that the principle of Daang Matuwid (straight path) was rejected by the people.”

    “How can we say [it was]rejected when all the candidates were against corruption? Wasn’t it the battle cry of the Aquino administration? ‘Kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap,’ ” Coloma explained.

    “Even objective observers from the international community gave us high marks … They are impartial,” he added. JOEL M. SY EGCO



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