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(From Philippine Daily Inquirer)
Byline: Gil C. Cabacungan Jr. and Armand N. Nocum
IN A MOVE ONE SENIOR adviser called a softening of her hardline position, President Macapagal-Arroyo has agreed to allow Cabinet and other government officials to appear at Monday's Senate hearings on the budget.
Malacaang announced the decision yesterday after a bloc of 17 senators, concerned about an open confrontation between the Palace and the Senate, asked the Supreme Court to stop Ms Arroyo from enforcing Executive Order 464 barring government officials from appearing at Senate or House hearings without her clearance.
But while Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez indicated that the presidential decision meant that Ms Arroyo was easing up on her position, another top Malacaang official, Political Adviser Gabriel Claudio, said the move in no way altered the Palace stance on the disputed EO.
"Cabinet and other concerned …