GMA  SENDS  SOS  TO  BUSINESS  LEADERS

MANILA
, NOVEMBER 12, 2007 (STAR) By Paolo Romero - President Arroyo urged business leaders the other night to use their influence on lawmakers to prod them to end negative politicking and “get on with people’s work.”

In a speech at the induction of officers of the Philippine Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCCI) at the Manila Hotel, Mrs. Arroyo cited members of the country’s business community for their “deep concern to further our country’s economic growth and progress in spite of the seemingly relentless political noise and partisan intrigues going on around us.”

“I know you want results, not rhetoric, action not political posturing. I ask you to tell the politicians that you support in the elections to get on with people’s work. I ask you to call on the legislators you support in the elections to stop partisan wrangling and start legislating,” she said.

She said the business community and Filipinos in general are tired of negative political rhetoric “that does nothing to bring about the legislation that will create a new future for our nation.”

Congress, she said, has demonstrated that when it sets aside self-interest, it can produce legislation that improves the quality of life of all Filipinos. The most notable recent example is the bill that reduces the cost of life-giving medicines, she said.

Mrs. Arroyo said she looked forward to the PCCCI working hand in hand with the government to create more jobs and broader business opportunities, citing the contributions of the Filipino-Chinese community in the fight against poverty and for peace and security.

But much more needs to be done, she said.

Mrs. Arroyo said she is determined to provide increased political stability, economic growth and secure peace and order in the country in the remaining years of her term.

She vowed there would be peaceful transition of power when elections are held once her term ends in 2010.

“The people can be assured that we lead with a steady hand to guide the nation to a new election and new leadership,” she said.


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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