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2007/10/11

Commentary: Impeachment - another political circus

By Jessie R. Valdez

San Fernando City, La Union (11 October) -- While President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo offers reconciliation and unity as well as urged everyone to help keep our economy on its upward trend, her detractors answered by filing a new impeachment complaint against her while on a foreign trip.

An old issue like putting down the President at all cost is up again or a recycled impeachment a craze or another political circus?

The impeachment complaint filed by Atty. Roel Pulido of the House of Representatives accuses the President for betraying the public trust by failing to act on alleged bribery attempts in connection with the $329M National Broadband Network deal with ZTE Corp. of China, which PGMA has since cancelled the deal.

In a statement, Press Secretary and Spokesperson said, the latest impeachment saga is just another distraction that PGMA will ignore. Every time the nation takes two steps forward on its path to economic growth and political stability, her detractors try to take us three steps backwards, Bunye added.

He said, while opposition to the Arroyo government seems bent on pulling down the country back, the President is working harder and determined to focus on her governance amid all the "political noise" to let the benefits of her economic reforms trickle down to the grassroots.

Now that the country is on the verge of an unprecedented economic take off, our national government officials need to work as one in pursuit of the national vision to transform the Philippines into a first-world economy by the year 2020. The nation should continue to move on and focus on more important things.

The President is asking Congress to approve several important bills that will help the government do its duties more efficiently and one of them is the passage of the Cheaper Medicine Bill which she certified as urgent.

PGMA's foreign trip to India was successful with the signing of nine Memorandum of Agreements (MOA) which include the State Trading Corp. (STC) of India Ltd. that would coordinate for the supply and importation of low-cost materials from India would effectively bring down the cost of generic drugs manufactured in the country. Senate has approved on second reading the Cheaper Medicine Bill which allows the parallel importation of low-priced drugs in the country.

This new attempt to unseat the President by her detractors suffered a major blow because House Speaker Jose De Venecia didn't endorse to the justice committee the latest impeachment complaint for it was weak and no substance. (PIA La Union) [top]

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