THREE days before the start of the campaign period for the 2010 elections, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo gives her home province of Pampanga, where she is running for congresswoman, some 500 computers.

Government-run dzRB radio reported that Arroyo also spoke before an audience while distributing the computers at the Porac Model Community High School.

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The computers were to benefit students in Bacolor, Sta. Rita, Sasmuan, Floridablanca, Guagua, Porac, and Lubao towns. Arroyo is from Lubao.

In her speech, she said the computers would benefit mostly high school students in the province's second district, whose congressional seat she is seeking this May.

A Malacañang statement said the computers, worth P4 million, were donated by two private firms -- Hyundai Securities Bond Company (HSBC) and Philuncast Development Company (PUDC).

“HSBC is one of the biggest investment companies of the Hyundai Group. The company invested funds with PUDC for the development of Villa Aveche, a housing project for Korean and Filipino retirees in Barangay Manibaug, Porac, Pampanga,” the Palace added.

Only a week ago, Arroyo turned over charcoal-making machines to towns in her home province of Pampanga, which she could represent in Congress after her term ends.

During her visit to her hometown of Lubao last January 30, Arroyo said the turnover was part of her efforts at solid waste management.

Arroyo is running for congresswoman in the second district of Pampanga. Her critics claim this is a ploy to stay in power after she steps down on June 30, saying her allies can push for a shift to a parliamentary form of government, under which Arroyo can run for Prime Minister. (JMR/Sunnex)