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PGMA still has support of Leyte mayors despite renewed distab moves

Tacloban City (February 14) -- The League of Municipalities of the Philippines, Leyte Chapter is still solid in its stand to continue supporting the administration of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, despite renewed moves to destabilize her Administration.

This was the reaction of LMP Leyte Chapter President Mayor Roque Tiu when interviewed during the League's regular meeting on February 12 at the Leyte Provincial Capitol.

Mayor said that there is no reason for the LMP Leyte Chapter to change its previous Manifesto of Support handed over to the President during the LMP Leyte Chapter Induction of Officers held in November at the Leyte Park Hotel.

Mayor Tiu said that because of what the detractors are doing to put down the President, all the more the local chief executives and the people will rally behind the President, knowing fully well what the President has done for the good of the country and its people.

The country is now enjoying economic growth which it never experienced for decades. It has gained the confidence of local and foreign investors and has created more jobs for the Filipino people. These are all thanks to the determination and hardwork of President Arroyo, Mayor Tiu said.

Moreover, the President will always be remembered as the President who listened to the voice of the people in the countryside and has made the local government units in the provinces really feel that their opinions count and that they have a very critical role in the development of the nation, Mayor Tiu added.

Mayor Tiu said the Leyte Mayor remember fully well that when she became the President, President Arroyo waived her prerogative to retain part of the IRA as the Local Government Social Equalization Fund. She has always supported the LGU's rights to receive their IRA in full, a real gift of empowerment to the Local Government Units.

Finally, Mayor Tiu called on the people of Leyte and the whole country to continue supporting the duly constituted authorities and the rule of law; to go on doing well their respective tasks, their way of contributing to the country's development; and not to be disturbed or be dissuaded by the maneuvering of the detractors. (PIA 8) [top]

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