PGMA to Lakas-CMD: Play bigger role in economic, social deliverance of Pinoys
Manila (2 April) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo challenged today members of the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (Lakas-CMD), the country’s most dominant political party of which she is the national chairperson, to play a bigger role in the fight for the rightful economic and social deliverance of the people.
In her keynote speech at the party’s national convention at the Folk Arts Theater in Pasay City this morning, the President said the challenge is timely and urgent considering that there is no other time in the last decade than now that the country has that real opportunity for an economic takeoff.
"We must internalize this distinction and embrace it as a solemn responsibility to pursue the fight for the rightful economic and social deliverance of our countrymen," she told partymates, referring to perceptions that Lakas is the party most capable of addressing the nation’s concerns.
The President then called on the administration’s Team Unity to set aside petty differences and join hands "in synergy" so that the momentum of the country’s economic progress, its goals and visions would be sustained.
"In achieving victory and advancing our country’s goals and visions, let us be in synergy rather than in combat with the five other parties within the Team Unity coalition as well as with the essential sectors of the national community," the President said.
Of the 12 Team Unity senatorial candidates, seven: Ralph Recto, Mike Defensor, Miguel Zubiri, Prospero Pichay, Cesar Montano, Luis "Chavit" Singson and Vic Magsaysay, come from Lakas-CMD while the rest belong to other parties.
Senators Edgardo Angara and Joker Arroyo, and Jamalul Kiram III belong to Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino (LDP), Kampi, and Partido Demokratikong Sosyalista ng Pilipinas (PDSP), respectively, while former Senators Vicente "Tito" Sotto III and Tessie Aquino-Oreta are Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) members.
In the same speech, the President outlined to those present the "grand agenda of the administration of fighting poverty and terror and building peace as the foundation of political victory in the elections" which, she said, would be achieved with the "help of our phalanx of Lakas-CMD partymates who are at the frontline of change."
"Today, the administration coalition has the most comprehensive, doable and ongoing platform of nation building that has brought six years of continuous growth for the Philippines on top of strong campaign for law and order, democracy and human rights," the President said.
"Your numbers, the numbers of Lakas-CMD (members), push the momentum of victory for the administration at all levels," she added.
Also in the same speech, the President unveiled the newest slogan her Team Unity senatorial candidates would use during their campaign sorties around the country: "MAS PARA SA KIDZ MO."
The new campaign slogan, which means "More for your/our children" underscores all the hard work and "tough decisions" implemented by the Arroyo administration so that Filipino children will be assured of a brighter and better future.
MAS PARA SA KIDZ MO is also a play on the names of Team Unity’s senatorial candidates to provide instant recall for the voting public:
MA – Magsaysay, S – Singson, P – Pichay, A – Angara, R – Recto, A – Arroyo, S – Sotto, A – Aquino-Oreta, KI – Kiram, D – Defensor, Z – Zubiri, MO – Montano.
Meanwhile, President Arroyo heeded the call of the Catholic Church for all candidates to spare the Lenten season from political noise.
"Let us all respect and preserve the solemnity of the Lenten season and use it as a time for moral rearmament, healing and solidarity," the President said. (OPS) [top]