Palace dares ‘presidentiables’ to lay down governance platform

September 22, 2009 10:17 am 

MANILA, Sept. 22 — Malacañang today challenged the personalities running for president in next year’s national polls to come up with governance platforms that will further enhance the economy and uplift the lives of Filipinos.

In a press briefing, Deputy Spokesperson Lorelie Fajardo said the administration is eager to showcase the achievements of Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr. and what his plans are for the country. Teodoro is the standard bearer of the ruling administration coalition party Lakas-Kabalikat ng Malayang Pilipino-Christian Muslim Democrats (Lakas-Kampi-CMD).

Fajardo added Teodoro’s achievements and governance platform are superior to that of opposition rival and Liberal Party’s standard bearer Senator Benigno Aquino III.

Fajardo stressed the economic accomplishments of the Arroyo administration and the favorable reviews of international financial institutions cannot be invented because they are based on hard data and statistics.

It only shows, she said, that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her Cabinet are working very hard to generate more jobs for Filipinos and to improve the country’s economy.

These government programs that benefit the poor and the marginalized, she added, will be continued by Teodoro if he is elected as president.

Despite the criticisms of the opposition, the Philippine economy under President Arroyo has grown for 34 consecutive quarters and is one of the few in Asia which has avoided recession. (PNA)

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