President Arroyo is slated to congratulate President-elect Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III personally for winning the May 2010 presidential election.
According to Executive Secretary Leandro Mendoza, Mrs. Arroyo is still trying to decide whether to call Aquino on the phone or send an official letter to congratulate her successor.
"She is going to deliver the message on her own. She will have a separate congratulatory message," Mendoza said.
Mendoza congratulated the new President and Vice-President who are both scheduled to be proclaimed by Congress later Wednesday.
"We congratulate our new President and Vice-President who, I understand, will be formally proclaimed today by Congress. In the last election, we demonstrated the political maturity and stability leading to this smooth transition and changing of the guards. We wish the new government all the best, as we leave in their hands an economy in better shape than when we found it 9 years ago," he said.
When asked why he did not name both Aquino and Vice-President elect Jejomar Binay, Mendoza replied: "It’s just like repeating the redundancy of the obvious."
Meanwhile, former President Arroyo is currently at Shanghai China.