Activists, Militant Groups Oppose To Arroyo’s Rule Hold Protest Rallies In Manila

July 23, 2007 at 10:16 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

MANILA (Mindanao Examiner / 23 Jul) – Political activists and militant groups have trooped in Manila Monday where President Gloria Arroyo is to give her State of the Nation Address (SONA).

Thousands of soldiers and policemen were deployed in the Philippine capital to ensure a peaceful conduct of the SONA.

Arroyo is expected to spell out how she intends to lead the country on a path of economic growth, political stability and social justice, according to Presidential Spokesman Ignacio Bunye.

“One can be certain that among her most important goals in the next three years would be to ensure that more and more of our people will not just see, but more importantly experience, the tangible benefits of our growing economy,” Bunye said.

Arroyo’s is confident that her objectives for the country would be attained by pouring government’s resources into major development projects which will yield high-impact dividends for the people, bolster national stability and spur rapid economic growth.

”To achieve her agenda for the country, the President believes it is important to invest in education, invest in social safety nets, invest in vital infrastructure and invest in peace and order,” Bunye said.

Militants have burned an effigy of Arroyo in Manila and chanted anti-government slogans. Many were calling for Arroyo’s resignation over her failure to uplift the living standards of the poor and the spate of political killings in the country.

They also accused Arroyo of cheating in the May 2004 elections. (With a report from Chris Navarra)


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