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Arroyo to nation: Focus, don't be swayed by partisan politics

CEBU (17 January) -- A day after the ASEAN and East Asia Summits concluded here, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo rallied Filipinos to stand behind the government in implementing the agreements reached and not be distracted by partisan politics.

"As we gear towards the realization and implementation of all the accords reached, we call on the Filipino people to be focused on the ball and not be distracted by the empty wind of partisan politics. Let us strike while the iron is hot and move forward with the rest of ASEAN and East Asia," she said.

Election season formally began in the country January 15 with the filing of certificates of candidacy by those seeking senatorial and local positions in May.

Arroyo had said that gathering the 17 heads of states in the summits was their "most important outcome" since they had once again put the country in the spotlight.

"Let us all savor this monumental triumph of the Philippines," she said. "The success of the ASEAN and East Asia summits is an unstoppable force that will help drive the Philippine agenda in the years to come."

Arroyo said her meeting with Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao Monday night and her trip to Davos, Switzerland later this month for the World Economic Forum would be a fitting sequel to the ASEAN and East Summit that would again strengthen the country's international relations with its neighbors.

Arroyo commended the Cebuanos for their warm reception of the participants and the military and police for maintaining peace and order. (PIA-MMIO) [top]

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