BINAY- MRS ARROYO MAY BE IMMUNE FROM IMPEACHMENT, BUT NOT FROM AH1N1

PRESS RELEASE

24  JUNE 2009

REF: JOEY SALGADO

Self-quarantine for Arroyo and entourage pressed

BINAY- MRS ARROYO MAY BE IMMUNE FROM IMPEACHMENT, BUT NOT FROM AH1N1

She may be immune from impeachment, but not from the virus.

“Mrs. Arroyo should not see herself as immune from AH1N1. She may be immune from impeachment because she controls the majority in Congress, but there is no immunity from the virus,” Makati Mayor and United Opposition (UNO) president Jejomar C. Binay said.

The opposition leader said he cannot understand why Malacanang could not even give a straight answer when asked by media if Mrs. Arroyo – who flew to Japan , and went on a side trip to Colombia before proceeding to Brazil – will observe the government-required quarantine.

He chided the Palace for saying that only Mrs. Arroyo “has the decisive voice” on the issue.

“I hope Malacanang isn’t asking the public to respect Mrs. Arroyo’s right to privacy on the matter,” Binay said in jest, referring to Malcanang’s standard reply to reports of her political plans after 2010.

Binay earlier said Mrs. Arroyo and her entourage should take it upon themselves to observe the required self-quarantine period, especially since the A(H1N1) virus has been reported worldwide.

“Force once, Mrs. Arroyo should do the responsible thing and  go on a self-quarantine,” he said.

The same goes for the members of her travel entourage – which includes 16 pro-Arroyo congressmen, their wives and children.

“I just hope that just this once, Mrs. Arroyo should be responsible enough and go on a self-quarantine,” he said.

“They have travelled at taxpayers’ expense and the least they can do is not to infect the public with new strains of A(H1N1),” he said.

Mrs. Arroyo left for Japan and Brazil last week just a few days after arriving from South Korea and Russia .

The Makati mayor said if public outcry over the cost of Mrs. Arroyo’s frequent travels has not stopped her from leaving the country, he hopes the A(H1N1) virus should put the brakes on her “jet-setting ways.”

“Perhaps, Mrs. Arroyo should seriously consider restricting or completely foregoing her jet-setting ways since the World Health Organization has declared a global pandemic,” he said.

“If she wishes to ignore the outcry over the cost to the taxpayers of her frequent foreign travels, she should at least consider the consequences to public health,” he added.

Sixteen congressmen – including their wives and children –  had joined Mrs. Arroyo in her 11-day official visit to Japan and Brazil .

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