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Aquino to PNP: Prove your worth after hostage incident

Manila (15 September) -- President Benigno Aquino III challenged the new leadership of the Philippine National Police, headed by Gen. Raul M. Bacalzo to "prove its worth" after the botched hostage rescue at the Quirino Grandstand last month.

Speaking at the Change of Command ceremonies at Camp Crame on Tuesday, the President said that what happened at the Quirino Grandstand was just one of the early trials of his administration.

"We have faced these challenges squarely," the President said citing the 5,000 jobs generated from the expansion of the Convergys plant near the University Belt, the $430 million grant from the Millennium Challenge Corporation to buy books and medicines for the poor and more businesses and investments that continue to pour in showing continued investor interest in the country.

"Just this morning," he said, "we have breached the 4,000-point record at the Philippine Stock Exchange in one day, a first, and the rising quality of education, a healthier population and work to stave off poverty."

Unfortunately, he said, "our big strides to progress are being belittled by the tragedy at the Quirino Grandstand."

"Tuluyan pong nadapa ang marami sa atin. Ang masama, parang ayaw na po nilang bumangon," he added.

In the name of my parents, "I will not allow our country to fall on its knees no matter how difficult our challenges are, we will rise up," intoned.

"Believe me, our country will face a lot more challenges, just like other nations, and we will not stop there. No country in this world is without its share of difficulties and trials. We must keep our firm resolve to overcome such problems and not to be daunted by them," the President said. (rdlc/3:30 pm.) [top]

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