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PIA Press Release
2008/02/29

Commentary: PGMA and the people in Biliran

By Rodrigo S. Victoria

Naval, Biliran (29 February) (29 February) -- In this trying time in the presidency of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (PGMA) where some sectors and groups in society are demanding for her resignation through staging mass protest actions, interfaith prayer rallies or what is called as people power, perhaps this calls for an introspection to those who can't wait for her term as president to end in 2010 since their voices do not represent the majority of the Filipino people especially to those who are living in the countryside who needed the different socio-economic programs, projects and services which matter most in improving their lives from the clutches of poverty.

The people in the province of Biliran is part and parcel of the multitude of people in the rural communities in the country today who rely for the realization in most of their hopes and aspirations to a government who knows how to listen to their small voices who shouts for change and improvement from their destitute way of living to a more decent and improved way of life where like most if not all of us aspire to achieve.

Biliranons do not have the luxury of time to express in a drastic or violent ways like staging protest marches and rallies in streets in what they perceive about the present administration nor they will join the calls for the president to step down from office since they knew by heart how much the president loved and care the province of Biliran since from the very start of her colorful career in politics.

Unknown to many Biliranons, PGMA has invested so much in the province in terms of various infrastructure projects, investment in human capital and other vital socio-economic services coursed through the various government agencies. These sort of concrete contributions from the president have put this tiny island province to the roadmap of progress and development where for sometime before, many still don't know where Biliran province is located in the map of the Philippines.

The 16-year old province of Biliran has still a long way to go for its people to reach what other people in many poor provinces in the country aspire like the much needed progress and development of its constituents in terms of education, health and other equally important social services, thus, it is highly unconscionable at this point in time to wage an equally unconscionable protest actions not in accordance with the established rules and laws enshrined in the Constitution and other laws of the land.

Though the power of those who governed emanates from the people yet let us be reminded that we, the Filipino people have our own share of the failure and success of our country and Biliranons are part and parcel of that failure and success of the country.

If what this country will be going after all these political noise that contributed much to a fragile democracy, the future of the people in the countryside for particular the Biliranons and the Filipino people as a whole still hangs in deep uncertainty as to where it will go after all the dark clouds of the political circus will come to a halt.

The deep and strong relations that bridge between PGMA and the Biliranons will not be destroyed and faltered by mass actions only done at Makati city and in some parts of the country rather that will be more strengthened by prayers and nurtured by good actions by all of the Biliranons who believe in the present leadership of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. (PIA-Biliran) [top]

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