Fight for welfare of the people, not self-interests - Nograles
By Rose B. Palacio
Davao City (30 June) -- "Let's fight for the welfare of the people, not personal interests", said House Majority Leader Prospero Nograles as he urged critics of the Arroyo administration to help the government in addressing the country's poverty problem instead of criticizing each other.
The Filipino people he said have suffered long enough and whatever it takes, the President is not being distracted by political gimmicks, nor distracted by something that the people no longer want to hear anything of.
Nograles stressed that the President is very much focused on the business of the nation, the alleviation of country's poverty, the problems of education, the creation of more jobs and investments, and the peace and order that the country have to tackle everyday to move our nation forward, Nograles said.
"The people yearn for action and results from all institutions of governance on the problems besetting the country. The people want politics of reform and transformation and not politics of doom and desperation", he said.
On the impeachment complaint against the President, Nograles denied that accusation coming from the opposition camp of the alleged grease given to stop the new impeachment complaint. "Marami yatang nalalamang balita ang mga oposisyon, di ko alam kung saan kinukuha ng mga ito ang impormasyong meron sila" (it seems that they know a lot of news, I don't know where that information came from) Nograles said taking a swipe at the spreading rumors.
"Any impeachment rap filed by the opposition will be futile and will follow the same road to perdition of the first. Malacaņang nor the President is not bothered by it." Said Rep. Nograles.
According to Nograles attempts by the opposition to unseat President Arroyo via impeachment is hard because they (opposition) cannot muster the same votes as their colleagues in the majority are reluctant on this move.
Nograles said the minority would have a hard time in mustering such complaint against the President because they themselves could not even agree on what real actions to take on certain procedures, not to mention the threat to purge members who don't toe the line.
Of course, impeachment is always a concern but the first impeachment complaint was more dangerous than this second impeachment, he said.
The opposition needs to obtain backing from at least one-third of the 236-member of the House to impeach the President and send the complaint to the Senate, which will act as an impeachment court.
A two-thirds vote in the 24-seat Senate is required for a conviction. The opposition wants to impeach the President on several charges, including corruption.
However, President Arroyo's allies have vowed to do everything to defeat any impeachment complaint. (PIA) [top]