GMA RENEWS UNITY CALL, HOPES FOR END TO 'TROUBLES', POLITICAL NOISE
MANILA, OCTOBER 23, 2007 (STAR) By Paolo Romero - President Arroyo renewed her calls for national unity yesterday even as she expressed hope that “troubles,” including political noise in Metro Manila, would end to allow the country to move forward.
In her speech at the 62nd anniversary celebration of Catanduanes, Mrs. Arroyo said life in the province was peaceful and simple “because you are far away from troubles and political noise that is enveloping different parts of our nation, especially in Metro Manila.”
She made the call as she battles new impeachment moves and her administration once again faces different controversies and issues, including alleged rifts with political allies. Then there is the reported distribution of cash gifts in Malacañang to local officials and the recent blast at a mall in Makati City that killed 11 people and injured over a hundred others.
She said local officials earlier told her that there was no election-related violence and no human rights violations in the province.
“Thanks and congratulations because the people of Catanduanes are peaceful and united,” Mrs. Arroyo said.
“I hope what is happening in Manila is like what is happening in Catanduanes,” Mrs. Arroyo said in Filipino. “I hope there would be an end to these troubles so that we can work well.”
She pointed out that while Catanduanes has been a frequent site of natural disasters because of typhoons, its people have always moved on because of courage and faith in God.
“Your religious fervor has carried across many trials and calamities and you are also known to be a warm and friendly people amid the beautiful natural environment that is virtually untouched, unspoiled and unexplored and with your beautiful smile and beautiful beaches, you should be the most beautiful tourist destination of the country,” she said.
Mrs. Arroyo reiterated that the country’s economy “has reached a new level of maturity and stability with some of the strongest economic fundamentals in 20 years.”
“That’s why today the Philippines is on a path to permanent economic growth and stability, investments are pouring in, the peso is strong, our stock market has reached historic highs. We have created six million jobs in six years and the world is taking notice,” she said.
Over the next three years, the administration will translate the positive results of its reforms to real benefits for the people, she said.
Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi
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