Yes, No—Okay, I'll Run

Hours after Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo flew back to Manila from official visits to the U.S., France and Italy last week, she gathered aides and younger brother Diosdado at her family's home in a swanky suburb, to deliver a shocker. Arroyo declared that her decision last December not to run in the presidential election next May was a mistake. "I got out of the race, but what did I get?" she said. "I've decided to accept whatever God has intended for me, including the presidency."

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