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PIA Press Release
2008/03/05

Comval leaders denounce political noise

by RG Alama

Davao City (5 March) -- Political leaders in Compostela Valley Province have denounced the current political noise generated by the NBN-ZTE controversy which has rocked the administration of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

"The opposition is only in the metropolis," declared Comval 2nd district Representative Manuel "Way Kurat" Zamora during a press conference during the opening ceremonies of the 1st Bulawan Festival held in the provincial Capital in Nabunturan last March 3.

The Congressman known for his unorthodox style like going to sessions on a mountain bike and engaging in his favorite hobby of planting hundreds of Kalamansi trees in the Batasan Pambansa Complex, has voiced full support for the embattled Arroyo administration.

"There is no need to put up a banner or streamer stating support for GMA since there is not a single anti-GMA banner hanging in the province," Rep. Zamora said.

Zamora denounced the ongoing Senate investigations as free media mileage since many Senators have harbored Presidential ambitions. "They make noise so that they can have free mileage rather than spending millions on TV ads," the Congressman added.

On the other hand, Comval Governor Arturo T. Uy, distanced himself from the position taken by his brother, Tagum City Mayor Rey T. Uy who called for snap elections.

The Governor said that as a public official working for the welfare of the people, "we should look for better options," Uy said.

And the better option is for the President to stay for 2010. The Governor declared.

"There may be some truth to Lozada's allegations, but they are still allegations and are not yet proven. So let us follow the rule of law," Uy added.

The Governor said that if there would be a people power now, chances are the divided opposition would again launch another people power to overthrow the successor. This would possibly lead to a military junta takeover, which the Governor said would be a worst case scenario.

On his brother's position, the Governor said he respects his brother's opinion but he differs from his views. "We may have the same principles in serving the people but not the same views on this one," the Governor said referring to the current political noise. (PIA) [top]

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