Malacanan official defends PGMA's trips abroad
by Roberto M. Cabardo
Cebu City (12 June) -- As the nation celebrates the 11th Independence Day celebration today, a Malacaņang official finds the opportunity to defend the trips of Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo abroad by saying that the presidential trips are needed for the country to progress economically and also a manifestation of its interdependence on other nations in the global community.
In a brief interview by the local media here this morning, Press Secretary Cerge Remonde said that the trips were needed for the global community of investors and developed nations to know more about the Philippines as investment and leisure destination.
"Before, independence meant a country can live individually from others which could lead to isolation like that of Russia and Japan before. Now, independence does not mean isolation but interdependence for the country is a member of a global community," said the official.
Furthermore, the official reiterated that the trips of the President abroad have brought goodwill and investments from the countries that she has visited. One of the trip that was mentioned by the spokesperson is the attendance of the Chief Executive in the World Economic Forum that made Arroyo the only leader from a developing country to attend such forum which he said to have generated positive responses from the world's developed economies.
Remonde deplores, though, the way some camps capitalize on critizing the government without even checking the facts. (PIA Cebu) [top]