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Philippine president respects senator's decision to resign

08-03-2011 17:19 BJT

MANILA, Aug. 3 (Xinhua) -- Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III said he respects the decision of Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri to resign, saying it is "a way forward to start healing the wounds of the past."

Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said Wednesday that the Aquino government appreciates the service that Zubiri has given to the country.

But he urged the lawmaker to further demonstrate his willingness to help restore the dignity of the country's electoral process.

"Any contribution he makes can be vital in restoring the people' s mandate and in giving the Filipinos the meaningful electoral reforms they rightfully deserve," Lacierda said.

Zubiri has resigned from the Senate amid allegations that he benefited from the alleged 2007 poll fraud.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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