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2007/04/29

Feature: Petillas hold on to unification agreement with Romualdez's infront of PGMA

Tacloban City (April 29) -- Amid the rumors that she will still run for Congress as the substitution period will end on May 7 yet, Congresswoman Petilla, at the Harampang Ha PIA held Friday said that the Petillas will hold on to the unification agreement forged in front of no less than President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

Her decision not to seek for reelection for the sake of peace and unity in the Province of Leyte, is her personal decision, Congresswoman Petilla intimated. Nobody forced her to do it. She said it was a very difficult decision to make, but she has to let go because of her great love for the Province of Leyte.

She said her decision is a manifestation of her support to the call of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo for peace and unity in the country. The country will not be able to achieve the economic growth and the political reforms it is aspiring for, if political bickering will not be stopped.

Congresswoman Petilla got emotional when asked the reason for her decision. She said the actuations of some sectors, who suddenly forgot their professions and education and values, who became restless, literally rushing to where the gold is, really bothered her.

She accepted that her decision was largely due to the actuations of the six mayors of Leyte first district who decided to part ways with her in consideration of whatever it was that was offered or given them.

It would be recalled that only one mayor, Mayor Roque Tiu of Tanauan stood and remained at the Congresswoman's side despite all odds.

But these are all things of the past now, the good Congresswoman said, because of the unification. She said that she will continue to serve Leyte in any capacity because she loves Leyte.

Asked if she will accept national posts, Congresswoman Petilla she will think about it after her term as Congressman ends on June 30.

And does she have any ill feelings on the President or some people? Congresswoman Petilla said she has none because she believes that God has something big in store for her that is why He allowed these things to happen.

True enough, Congresswoman remains busy inaugurating her projects and accepting invitations from the barangays and the municipalities.

Right now, she is also busy for the hosting of the 51st BSP National Council Meeting on May 23-25 and for the preparations of the 2007 Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival. (PIA Region 8) [top]

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