SARS: GMA PRAYS FOR DIVINE INTERVENTION

Malacanang, May 3, 2003 -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo yesterday declared the Philippines as a strong republic "that belongs to Jesus Christ" as she prayed that the country be spared from the effects of the dreaded Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

"I pray that You (God) spare our people from the SARS plague and other diseases and that You will continually cover us with the redeeming blood of Jesus," the President prayed during a special prayer rally against the SARS crisis at the Malacanang grounds today. "I declare the Philippines a strong republic that belongs to Jesus Christ."

The President also asked for Divine intervention to cast away the spirit of corruption, dishonesty, injustice and other forms of immoralities "that have plagued us for so long."

The President also asked God to cast away the spirit of violence and lawlessness that have bred kidnappings and other crimes and for a lasting climate of peace and order in Mindanao.

The President likewise prayed for a miracle to favor the economy, for the continuous growth of business that would fuel the engines of economic prosperity.

The President said she believed the Philippines would become a strong republic, a prosperous nation that God would use to bless other nations.

As we obey, the President said, God would bless the country and give the people an abundance of all things.

"We will no longer borrow, but lend. We will be the head, not the tail," the President said. (Malacanang News Release)


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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