MANILA -- The second division of the poll body on Thursday dismissed the petition to disqualify President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo from the 2010 congressional race in the second district of Pampanga Thursday.

Akbayan Representative Risa Hontiveros, who filed the petition, said she expected the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to rule in favor of Arroyo.

Hontiveros intends to either file a motion for reconsideration to Comelec or file straight to the Supreme Court making sure that Arroyo's name will be excluded from the official ballots.