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Commentary: Cabinet officials rally behind PGMA

By Renee F. De Guzman

San Fernando City, La Union (19 February) -- In a show of their unwavering support to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in the face of the mounting calls for her to step down amid lingering corruptions scandal, the Cabinet officials rejected the resignation dare for them by former Cabinet officials saying, the Chief Executive "deserves to finish her term until 2010" for "doing much for our country especially the economy."

At a press conference in Malacaņang recently, Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita read a joint statement declaring the Cabinet's solid support for President Arroyo.

"Amid calls for us to resign, all members of the Cabinet are solidly behind President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. We in the Cabinet firmly believe that the President is doing much for our country especially for the economy and she deserves to finish her mandated term until 2010," the three-paragraph statement read.

The Cabinet said they would stand by the President and continue to focus on their work.

"We will not allow ourselves to be distracted by political noises", the statement read. "We take pride in working with the President in uplifting the lives of our people."

The Cabinet secretaries also called for the immediate transfer of the Senate hearing on the said project to a court of justice which they said is the "proper venue" to hear the case in accordance with the due process of law.

The Cabinet said the allegations of Senate star witness Rodolfo Lozada, Jr. should be discussed in court in accordance with due process.

"While the country's problems are deeply rooted, we firmly believe that political, social and economic reforms are achievable under the leadership of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo with the support and cooperation of political and social leaders," it added. (PIA La Union) [top]

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