MALACANANG refused to give unsolicited advice to former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to attend or not the first-ever State of the Nation Address (Sona) of newly-elected President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III.

Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda on Sunday said the presence of the former President now congresswoman of Pampanga's second district will not make a difference in the determination of President Aquino to unveil alleged irregulaties of the past government.

"We have no say and we have no preference in one way or the other regarding the presence of Congresswoman Arroyo (at the Sona)," Lacierda said.

He said they cannot compel the lady lawmaker to attend the SONA and she will neither be treated as VIP at Congress despite her former status in government.

"The decision of Congresswoman Arroyo not to attend is her own and she is entitled with that," the palace spokesperson said.

President Aquino earlier said that part of his Sona will be revelation of the problems he inherited from the past administration.

Lacierda said the presence of Arroyo will not stop President Aquino in criticizing her administration.

"The Sona is not for the former President but for all the Filipino people. Whether the former President is there or not, the entire country will know the true state of the nation," Lacierda said. (Jill Beltran/Sunnex)