PRESIDENT  GLORIA  ARROYO'S  PENINSULA  MESSAGE

MANILA
, DECEMBER 1, 2007 (OFFICE OF THE PRESS SECRETARY, MALACAÑANGMga kababayan, panatag at matiwasay ang sitwasyon sa bayan. Natanggal na ang curfew, at bumalik na ang tao sa karaniwang gawain. Normal na ang takbo ng lungsod at ng buong bansa na rin.

Nawa’y kaga-anan sa kalooban ng taong bayang Pilipino na malakas at matatag ang mga institusyon ng pamahalaan at lipunang sibil. Ipinagtatanggol ng gobyerno ang taong bayan at nagtataguyod ng kaayusan at katatagan.

Nanaig ang rule of law. Hindi lalapastanganin ng mga may sala ang bayan nang walang pakundangan. Paparusahan sila sa buong higpit ng batas. Pai-iralin ang katarungan, at isusulong ang kapakanan ng taong bayan.

Klarong-klarong na kitang-kita sa pakana nitong i-ilang desperado kung gaano kabulag sila sa mga hangarin at pangarap ng karaniwang Pilipino. Ibig ng mga Pilipino ang panatag na pulitika, magandang hinaharap para sa ekonomiya, at hustisya sosyal.

Ang panggugulo nitong mga taong nalihis ng landas ay winawasak ang bawat isa sa mga taimtim na adhikain ng mga tunay ng Pilipino. Sa halip na magsikap sa ilalim ng ating demoksrasya upang pagbuklurin ang bayan, ginagatungan lamang ng kanilang kilos ang mga motibong makasarili para sa pansariling interes.

Kailan ba naging kabayanihan ang pagbubunsod ng karahasan, pagyurak sa Saligang Batas, at pagwasak ng mga ari-arian? Kailan ba yinakap ng mga Pilipino ang pagbale-wala sa batas, pagbubunsod ng gulo, at pagsusulong ng ligalig? Ang sagot: hindi kailanman. Kaya naman itong mga nag-iisang lobo ay di-naunawaan ang diwa at pananampalataya ng sambayanang Pilipino.

Lalong nakakadismaya ang kilos nitong mga desperado sa panahong humahakbang ang bansa nang pinakamabilis sa dalawampung taon.

At muli, ang mga bayaning tahimik ay iyong mga masisipag, makabansa at may malasakit na Pilipino na tinalikuran itong labis na kabaliwan. Ibig marinig ng Pilipino ang pag-asa, hindi pangamba, at tinig mula sa mga lagalag na ito ay walang iba kundi ingay na walang saysay.

Taos-puso tayong nagtitingala sa malayang pamamahayag at rule of law. Hindi natin ikinasiya na naging problema sa media ang mga patakaran ng pulis kahit ilang oras lamang. Inatasan natin na bilisan ang pagroseso ng mga kasapi ng media at pakawalan sila kaagad kapag wala nang dahilan upang manatili sila sa ilalim ng pulis.

Hindi tayo umu-urong sa atas ng ating katungkulan, kabilang ang patuloy nating pagbabalangkas ng patakarang panlabas na higit na ikinabubuti ng ating taong bayan. Sa gayon, buo ang loob ko sa pagbiyahe sa Europa upang isulong ang ating pambansang kagalingan sa mga pakikipagpulong sa mga pinuno ng negosyo at gobyerno sa Espanya at Britanya. Muli nating hihikayatin ang mga investor sa Pilipinas, mga investor na nangangapital ng malaki at lumilikha ng trabaho at kabuhayan para sa ating taong bayan.

Tutukan natin ang kinabukasan at kung ano ang maisasakatuparan nating magkabalikat.

Maraming salamat sa iyong lahat.

Statement of the President

Today we extol the heroes who shed blood for our country and fought against those who claimed our sovereignty. In remembering these national heroes, we must revisit the long and hard journey to freedom and progress that generations of Filipinos worked for.

What happened yesterday was not an act of heroes. It was plain defiance for the rule of law--from the walkout in the courtroom to the forced entry into a prestigious hotel.

The real heroes are the hardworking citizens who need no further disruptions in their lives; the parents who try to provide their children a better life; the entrepreneurs who started a business that thrives in predictability; and the OFWs who sacrifice family ties for the chance to earn more. Every setback caused by rebels who speak of change through extra constitutional means makes it doubly harder for the real heroes to recover and begin anew.

Today is the day to remember what true heroism is all about. TOP

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PGMA: The real heroes are the hard-working citizens

“The real heroes are the hardworking citizens who need no further disruptions in their lives…”

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo thus extolled the country’s hardworking citizens as the present-day Filipino heroes in a statement she issued in connection with today’s nationwide observance of Bonifacio Day.

“Today we extol the heroes who shed blood for our country and fought against those who claimed our sovereignty. In remembering these national heroes, we must revisit the long and hard journey to freedom and progress that generations of Filipinos worked for,” she said

“What happened yesterday was not an act of heroes. It was plain defiance for the rule of law -- from the walkout in the courtroom, to the forced entry into a prestigious hotel,” the Chief Executive stressed.

President Arroyo was obviously referring to what Malacanang had earlier dubbed a “short charade” – the takeover yesterday of another ritzy Makati City hotel, this time the Manila Peninsula, by the group of former Navy lieutenant-turned-Senator Antonio Trillanes, who was the spokesman of the July 27, 2003 Oakwood Mutiny led by Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class 1995 valedictorian Gerardo Gambala.

“Today is the day to remember what true heroism is all about,” said the President, who pointed to the following modern-day heroes, among others: “parents who try to provide their children a better life; the entrepreneurs who started a business that thrives in predictability; and the OFWs (overseas Filipino workers) who sacrifice family ties for the chance to earn more…”

“Every setback caused by rebels who speak of change through extra-Constitutional means makes it doubly harder for the real heroes to recover and begin anew,” added President Arroyo.

The President had just arrived at the factory site of an enterprise locator, Franklin Baker in San Pablo City, Laguna when informed of the Makati situation yesterday morning by Presidential Security Group (PSG) head Brig, Gen. Romeo Prestoza.

Earlier, the President was the guest of honor and speaker during the closing ceremonies of the Region IV-A Local Peace and Security Assembly (LPSA) at Villa Escudero Resort in San Pablo City.

The country commemorates today the 144th birth anniversary of Katipunan founder Andres Bonifacio who was born in Tondo, Manila on Nov. 30, 1863, and died at the age of 34 years on May 10, 1897 in Maragondon, Cavite.

Dubbed as the Father of the Philippine Revolution, Bonifacio founded the Katipunan on July 7, 1892, the eve of the arrest of fellow Filipino hero, Dr. Jose Rizal.


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