SONA 2009 Phillippines- Arroyo hits critics
Arroyo also defended her record during her turbulent 8 1/2 years in power and assured lawmakers she will not lift term limits set by the Constitution.
“I have never expressed the desire to extend myself beyond my term,” Arroyo said. “Many of those who accuse me of it tried to cling like nails to their posts.”
“I am accused of misgovernance. Many of those who accuse me of it left me the problem of their misgovernance to solve. And we did it,” she said as a message to her critics.
“I am falsely accused, without proof, of using my position for personal profit. Many who accuse me have lifestyles and spending habits that make them walking proofs of that crime,” she said.
I realy do not think she is as corrupt as her opposition wished she was, but the problem is her husband who seemingly has his finger in the corruption pie.
Here in central Philippines she has the biggest following and support and it is very visible on how she has helped to improve the inferstruture and improved roads and travel between the islands.
CEBU CITY -- Impressive, straightforward and amusing were some of the words Cebu City officials used to describe President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s State of the Nation Address (Sona).
Mayor Tomas Osmeña was so impressed by Arroyo’s achievement in keeping the inflation rate at its lowest, on average since 1966, that he will ask the City Council Tuesday to pass a measure declaring Arroyo an adopted daughter of Cebu City.
Its good that she has made a very firm statement that she will finish her term and not try to extend her presidency though I personally think that she has done a lot for the Philippines but she could of done a great deal more in a drive to really eradicate poverty. But there again the senate system is so slow and more time is spent on committee-ing and political bickering, than improving the lives of the people these politician serve. Government corruption is very apparent and the political clan both for and against the administration, are seemingly only into politics to make money on the side. They don't give a damn about those in poverty, as they just want to feather their own nests.
I see the following story today...
PRESIDENT Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo never said "paalam" but she did say a lot of thank you directed at Congress.
In her State of the Nation Address (Sona) yesterday, Monday, Arroyo denied she ever wished for a term extension as she acknowledged that her term as President will end next year.
But she did not say goodbye in the way President Corazon Aquino issued a "paalam" at her last Sona.
Arroyo made no mention either of reports that said she would seek a seat in Congress as representative of a Pampanga district in next year's elections as a strategy to protect herself from criminal prosecution once she steps down from Malacañang.
What stood out in her almost one hour speech was her "thank yous" to Congress for the several laws that got passed. These are laws on economic reforms, poverty alleviation, rent control, renewable energy, bio fuels, and securitization.
My answer the reason she did not state she would run for a new post in governance is the fact there is no reason for her to do so. However its a nice little attack on her corruption if she is reaqlly as corrupt as her oposition want her to seem or be. However the opinion was a balanced one and the writer gets my salute.