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PGMA calls on people, Congress to work for progress and unite for peace

Tacloban City (September 2) -- In her arrival statement from her official visit to Malaysia, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo called on the people and their representatives in Congress to work for progress and to unite for peace in order.

These, the President said, are the only ways by which the country will be able to leave the chains of poverty and political instability behind.

The President said that Malaysia and some of the country's other neighbors have shown that this can be done. The country's Gross Domestic Product growth shows that the country can prosper and that in fact, the country is on its way to better times for as long as it stays on course and for as long as the Filipino people fight poverty as Team Philippines.

"Our kababayans in Malaysia expressed optimism that soon they can come home to a better country and a brighter future," the President said in her statement upon her arrival in the morning of September 1, from a two-day trip to Kuala Lumpur to attend Malaysia's 50th Hari Merdeka or Grand Independence Day celebration.

Brushing aside skepticism voiced out by some detractors over the country's economic growth, the President said that the statistics from the National Statistical Coordination Board shows that the country's economic roadmap is unfolding as it should and is right on schedule.

From a Third World country, the Philippines is on its way to becoming a First World nation, the "only journey worth taking," she added.

The President's statement should give a good cue to her detractors. The Arroyo Administration will remain focus on the development of the country and as ever will not be way-laid by doubting Thomas's.

This should also give the detractors a hint, to perform and remain focus in their responsibilities for the country and its people. After all, that is what they have been put in their positions for. (PIA 8) [top]

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