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Commentary: PGMA still the right person to govern Philippines

By Jessie R. Valdez

San Fernando City, La Union (29 February) -- "I do believe President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is the right person to govern Philippines". This was the statement of Almario Guzman two years ago and still has the same answer when asked thru e-mail.

Guzman, a retired US Navy and a resident of Seattle Washington but a native of La Union stood pat in his belief that PGMA is still the right person to lead the country. Next month, Guzman will be coming home to La Union and have his vacation again.

The retired US navy was in the country two years ago and that time, some sectors were calling again PGMA's resignation and impeachment but he said, their purpose won't materialize. During his short vacation in the country, he was surprised to see the big change here in the province because of the various infrastructure projects and many school buildings undertaken by the Arroyo Administration.

In his e-mail, he said that only thru her leadership that Philippine economy has reached a new level of stability and that by reading the newspapers and watching TV, all governors, mayors and other local officials in the country have pledged their support to the President and this shows that they have a personal attachment to the President because of the many projects she has extended in the countryside which brought Philippines towards development and progress.

Guzman further said that the issue hounding President Arroyo on graft and corruption, no one or it is hard to end this problem. No country in the world that has no corruption issues. This is already normal and there are proper authorities to handle that, the Supreme Court.

"What they are doing now is mob rule, nauso na yata ito, this is not a decent one and besides this act has no direction, chaotic pa Guzman added.

When asked about the stand of CBCP who did not succumb to the call of PGMA to resign, he said, I appreciate them for not joining and made the right choice. Everyone should pray especially in times like this where politics is "grabe". We need the bishops to lead us in prayer because this is the best contribution we could offer that will help calm down everyone especially the victims of calamities in some parts of the country.

Guzman urged our national and local leaders to help one another, the government to focus their attention to more productive endeavors and channel their resources to the flood victims in southern areas of the country. (PIA La Union) [top]

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