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PIA Press Release
2007/05/25

Statement of the President Re: Direct quote from PGMA on JPEPA

Manila (25 May) -- I explained to them that we live in a lively democracy, like Japan.

Opposition is part of democracy and is expected in the Senate ratification process. As I have been saying, Philippine democracy has been renewed after a vigorous mid-term election. Now it is time to come together to forge a common path forward among all.

I believe the Senate will listen to all and weigh the issues. Adequate explanation as to how the Agreement works and what the expected immediate and long-term benefits are, will convince any reasonable Senator to support ratification. Japan has already ratified on their side. Thailand and Malaysia which signed their agreement with Japan later than us, have already ratified their respective agreements.

Defending the delayed ratification is part of the vital role that our foreign relations play in a strong Philippines. (OPS) [top]

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