BUSINESS  AS  USUAL  AT THE  PALACE, SAYS  SPOKESPERSON

MANILA, June 14, 2005
(STAR) It’s business as usual for Malacañang following a weekend of political tensions sparked by attempts to destabilize the administration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

When interviewed this morning, Presidential Spokesman Ignacio R. Bunye said the President is determined to push ahead with her pro-poor programs and tackle the other pressing problems of the nation with even greater urgency under Phase II of her economic reform agenda.

"Poverty is the No. 1 problem of our people that demands of us full concentration and cooperation. We have to focus our attention and energy on winning the struggle against poverty, instead of creating additional problems," Bunye said, referring to efforts by the opposition to destabilize the Arroyo administration.

He appealed to the opposition and the general public to join hands with the President in fighting poverty, adding that efforts to destabilize the government only make it doubly difficult for the country to free itself from the clutches of poverty.

With the expected cooling off of destabilization attempts against the government, Malacañang is confident that the stock market will bounce back from the battering caused by uncertainties over the country’s political instability in the runup to Sunday’s Independence Day celebration.

Both the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) have declared that the security situation in Metro Manila is back to normal.

The AFP has pulled its troops posted over the weekend in Metro Manila at the height of the destabilization attempts.


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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