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PIA Press Release
2007/09/03

Commentary: Moving the country forward

Tacloban City (September 3) -- Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales was right when he said that the politician's penchant for resurrecting old issued has hindered the country from moving forward, referring to the Senate's reinvestigation of the "Hello, Garci" scandal.

He said, "it is time we move on. The reason why the country is not progressing is because we haven't learned to forgive each other."

The Philippines in its path towards prosperity has oftentimes discussed and overdiscussed what has happened earlier, instead of moving forward. The result is always the same. It is really very difficult to move forward when one is looking backward.

That is exactly what Cardinal Rosales said. The country does not move forward because even issues about the Spanish colonization are being revived.

The Garci issue has taken so much time of the legislators and so much money from the people's taxes, in the past, what is the reason for resurrecting it again, except than the personal aggrandizement of some people who have selfish motives.

Nelson Mandela, a hero and valiant leader once said: "after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended."

The country and its people continue to climb hills, only to prepare to climb another, the walk towards progress is way ahead. Today, the country has broken the chain of economic drought, thanks to a firm and dedicated President.

Achieving the economic breakthrough was a big step for the country, but the country and its people must take steps further, to establish a more solid future.

The country makes progress everyday; in fact its progression is truly amazing. The President and the government workers' commitment and dedication to quality work is unparalleled, thus each step taken is fruitful. Again, the journey is far from over. There is still a need to move the country forward, towards greater heights.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, a keen legal and political pundit said that "the great thing in the world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving."

He who moves not forward, goes backward. Let the Philippines keep moving forward. While others continue to bring the country backwards, let us continue to move the country forward, not yearly, monthly but daily, or we will go back to where we begun.

Never let anyone move the country backward, not only for the sake of this generation but more so for the generations to come.

It is hoped that the detractors will heed the call of Cardinal Rosales, "stop all these things. Move on," just like the crime of Adam and Eve and the killing of Cain, the Hello Garci issue must not deter the country from moving forward. (PIA 8) [top]

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