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Commentary: Setting aside partisan politics, solving problems thru peaceful means

Tacloban City (August 4) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's call to the Region 8 leaders to set aside politics and to solve problems thru peaceful means, may as well be addressed to all the leaders of the country, be it in the national or local level.

Speaking before the Local Peace and Security Assembly (LPSA) of Region II at the Roma Hotel in Tuguegarao City last week, the President noted that while the peace and order situation in the region has been improving, the crime rate in several towns has been increasing due to continuing partisan politics.

True enough, political bickering is observed in many parts of the country despite the fact that the election is still years away.. It has also been observed that development has been hindered or has at some point become stagnant in places where political hullabaloos prevail.

Political bickering will lead the country nowhere, time and again that has been proven. If allowed to go on in the highest level of the political area, political bickering could lead the country to a state of paralysis, instead of a faster move toward economic growth and political stability.

Besides, too much preoccupation with politics does not promote stability, continuity, security and order that the country need for it to move forward.

There are more important issues and more vital projects that the Government must pay attention to including programs on education, health, social welfare and infrastructure projects that needs to be funded and implemented.

It is difficult enough for the people to fight their own economic battles at this time when not only the country but the whole world is facing global food and energy challenges. What makes the situation even worse is to hear over the airlanes or read in the newspapers, leaders constantly pointing at one another's shortcomings, instead of taking care of the welfare of their constituents.

These leaders are the very people who are supposed talk together amicably, to decide whether they'll do this or toss that aside; whether they'll lead or linger behind; whether they'll try for the goal that's afar or just be contended to stay where they are and watch their people suffer.

All the concerns of the country and its people will not be solved in one hundred days, nor will they be taken cared of within one thousand days, nor in the life of this Administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet.

But what is important is to let the work begin. It is about time to move to where the government is aiming for. It is hoped that the leader's time will be used not only on furthering their own interests but in addressing the pressing issued that directly impact on the lives of the Filipino people. (PIA 8) [top]

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