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Commentary: Gov't strives to grow the economy and eradicate poverty in fighting terrorism

by Miriam P. Aquino

San Fernando City, La Union (25 April) -- When the economy sinks at its lowest, it greatly affects the lives of each and every Filipino due to its after effects. When people are in need because they lack food to suffice their grumbling stomach they usually put the blame on the administration.

Presidential Spokesperson Ignacio R. Bunye said in a reaction to an observation by Supreme Court Chief Justice Reynato Puno that "poverty as a contributing factor to terrorism must be addressed," he cited that "in poor countries, it is poverty that terrorizes people… because of empty stomachs and not due to some invisible suicide bombers."

In a speech delivered at the University of the East recently, Puno stressed that "countries that cannot give decent life to their young will serve as incubators of extremism that may end up in terrorism."

Though the President, according to Bunye, acknowledges the fact that one of the root causes of insurgency and terrorism is poverty, the administration strives to grow the economy further by attracting more investments to create new jobs and raise the needed funds to enhance the delivery of basic services to the people.

Terrorism is one great deal which the country needs to overcome that requires not just the cooperation of the government, the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), but also the people to help realize the administration's aspiration for a peaceful, orderly, just and progressive country.

We may have the law on anti-terrorism but its full implementation might not work well if it lacks full cooperation or a nationwide struggle to fight this global problem. (PIA La Union) [top]

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