When she bows down from the Presidency next year, she would have handled the highest office of the land for almost a decade, the longest for any other Philippine President after Ferdinand Marcos's twenty years rule.
This Monday, July 27, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is set to deliver her last State of the Nation Address. In her inaugural speech in 2004, the President laid her Ten-Point Agenda as the flagship program during her incumbency: BEAT THE ODDS which stands for Balanced budget, Education for all, Automated elections, Transportation and infrastructure, Terminate hostilities of MILF and NPA, Heal the wounds of EDSA, Electricity and water for all, Opportunities for livelihood, Decongestion of Metro Manila and Develop Subic and Clark.
She promised all these would have been achieved and delivered before she makes an exit from the Palace next year. Experts and analysts from different fields will assess how the President has performed with her banner programs. Has the President passed or failed?
Watch the Reporter's Notebook's State of the Nation special episode this Tuesday late night after Saksi on GMA-7.