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PIA Press Release
2007/09/14

After Erap verdict nation must go on, LMP-Leyte prexy says

Tacloban City (September 14) -- "At last it is over," League of Municipalities Leyte Chapter President and Tanauan Mayor Roque Tiu sighed as if with relief.

The Erap plunder case was highly divisive. The Filipino people must respect the decision of the Court and put a closure on the case, Mayor Tiu informed the local media.

It is about time every Filipino buckles down to work so that the country could continue moving towards economic progress and peace, the LMP-Leyte president said. The country has already gone far under the able leadership of President Arroyo. It is a pity if the country will backslide into being the perennial sick man of Asia because of political bickering, he added.

The Sandigan Bayan ruling showed how credible the Philippine judiciary is and that the rule of law prevails in this country. This also earned for the judiciary, the respect of many people both here and abroad.

For sure, the September 12 promulgation of judgment on the Erap plunder case, has increased investors' confidence in the country, Mayor Tiu quipped.

For a moment, life in the City went on a standstill in the midmorning of September 12 as people in the homes and offices were glued to the television sets eager to hear the verdict. This is a good sign, Mayor Tiu said. It is good to observe that the Filipino people are interested in what is going on in the country.

The peaceful atmosphere in the Region on September 12 is a manifestation that the people in Eastern Visayas abide by the decision of the Court.

For one thing, not a single rally was staged, nor was there a single application for rally permit filed.

For as long as the people believes in democracy and respect the rule of law, there is that great hope that the Philippines is off to becoming a first world country. (PIA 8) [top]

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