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Gov rallies Boholanos to stand behind PGMA

by Rey Anthony Chiu

Tagbilaran City (15 February) -- RALLYING Boholanos to go the way to peace way, Governor Erico Aumentado reiterated his stand saying that protest actions, more often than not, deals disastrous effects to the economy.

The governor's call, which was aired Friday over Bohol's radio stations came on the same day when national key opposition leaders have joined forces with the militant groups to launch series of protest actions to force President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to step down.

The opposition harped on their accusations of corruption in the Administration, which has basically centered on the first family.

Stressing his point, the governor in mixed Cebuano and tagalog said, "Ang kilos protesta dili makaayo."

While we do not condone corruption and should denounce it, we do not want to do things that could be disastrous to the economy, he said in Cebuano.

Sounding thankful that most of the protests are centered in Manila, he urged the people here not to be involved.

"Dili kita manginlabot sa kaguliyang." (Let's not involve ourselves in the noise), he said.

Instead he reminded Boholanos about the gains that the country attained, specifically citing the 7.3% gross national product, the highest that the country gained after 31 years.

"In recent history, our province has never had set up the most number of infrastructure, and it is the President who made it possible for us to have them, he said just as he rattled on the mega projects that has risen in Bohol.

The governor cited the billion peso Circumferential Road Improvement Project, the Leyte Bohol Interconnection project, the gigantic Malinao and Bayongan dams and still several multi-million peso projects the president laid for the province and its people.

"For all her support, it is just right that we will support her until the end of her term," the governor who formerly led the League of Provinces of the Philippines called.

Bannering on these achievements while openly bringing the voice of the strong Lakas party in Bohol, the governor pressed on the top government officials' and the majority of the Boholano people's stand behind the president.

As this developed, the Bohol seemingly sides with the call for "deep reflection, discernment, sobriety and for the way of peace," rather than revolution and violence.

The call, which is also the official statement of at least three catholic bishops called for the people to prayer, to self-examination and to earnestly seek out the truth – and to "distinguish between the truth and insinuation and suspicion."

"It is important to remember that it is easy to accuse, but it is competent proof that establishes truth.

"The truth must be relentlessly sought, and no attempt should be made to suppress it (and) one way the truth is suppressed is when inquiries and investigations become instruments of propagandizing and vendetta," the three bishops pointed out.

The three bishops also stressed that "to be credible, investigations must be conducted by persons who are honestly in search of the truth, for the welfare of the nation, and not in furtherance of their own political ambitions."

"We also exhort all to make the crucial distinction between opinion and certainty (as) it is a fundamental moral precept that resolute action is justified only when one is sure."

The call also addressed the politicians and the media.

"We call on politicians to serve in the likeness of HIM who came among us as one who serves -- seeking neither self-aggrandizement nor privilege – but the welfare of those they swore to serve."

"We call on media to be fair. In many respects, media reportage only fuel(s) the flames of discontent, often by unwanted and unwarranted commentary and innuendo. We must all be instruments of justice – its fundamental demand being fairness!" (PIA) [top]

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