MANILA, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Feb. 29, 20080 - President Gloria Arroyo remains in control of her embattled government as 15,000 demonstrators trooped to the streets and demanded for her resignation.
They accused Arroyo of corruption over the failed national broadband network deal with ZTE Corp. of China that opposition politicians claimed is flawed and overpriced.
But for Arroyo, Friday is just another busy day.
Government media said Arroyo put a full day’s work and in her first official schedule of the day, the President inducted the new members of the executive directorate of the 235-strong Lady Municipal Mayors Association of the Philippines (LMMAP) at the Heroes’ Hall in Malacañang.
The mayors pledged their full support for the President.
Arroyo also inducted the new set of officers and directors of the People Management Association of the Philippines, and the Metro Manila Federation of Environment Multipurpose Cooperatives.
She later motored to the Quirino Grandstand in the Luneta park in Manila for the soft opening of the Manila Ocean Park, the Philippines first state-of-the-art "oceanarium".
Arroyo also traveled to Meycauayan City in Bulacan province where she inaugurated the Nestle Business Service (NBS) Asia–Oceania-Africa (AOA), a new corporate entity of the global Nestle Group,
She then proceeded to the inaugural drive-through the Meycauayan Bridge in also in Meycauayan. From there, Arroyo went to Sta. Maria town in Bulacan for the groundbreaking ceremony of a two-storey four-classroom Sta. Maria Central School building.