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Feature: PGMA gives flesh to Philippine democracy

by Jemin B. Guillermo

Roxas City (29 June) -- Seasoned Capiz writer expressed impression with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's farewell speech last week.

The Capiz Times Editor Gerry T. Pagharion, who has been in the journalism profession for more than 25 years now, said that the most impressive part of President Arroyo's speech was when she says "The gains I made were built on the efforts of previous leaders. Each successive government must build the successes and progress of the previous one."

"There was humility in it and the pronouncement came like a whiff of fresh air to the highly convoluted political environment in the country brought by the recent May 10 elections," Pagharion said.

He said "that part of the President's speech was an acknowledgment of the efforts exerted by our past leaders and the beauty of having "continuity" in "advancing the program that work" and leaving behind those that don't."

According to him, despite the threat of his successor, President-elect Benigno Aquino III to investigate her administration for alleged scandal, it was to the credit of President Arroyo that called for unity and to build bridges that rest on the hard work, grace and compassion of our people.

Pagharion pointed out that President Arroyo's farewell speech has finally put to rest doubts and skepticisms about her seriousness into moving into a new face of life leading a quieter public role.

"The new President can indeed start building on his agenda out of those that were put in place by the Arroyo administration," Pagharion said.

He added that "save for those scandals, it is clear that the Arroyo administration has made inroads, particularly in perking up the country's economy despite the global recession."

Pagharion acknowledged that the smooth transition of power through the automated pools is one of the legacies of the Arroyo administration.

He stressed that the Filipino people will remember President Arroyo and her administration for giving flesh to the country's democracy and for being the first President to execute political will in having the country's elections automated to make it attune with the times. (PIA) [top]

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