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Arroyo renews fight vs corruption, stresses repentance

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By Joel Guinto
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 13:27:00 03/19/2008

MANILA, Philippines — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has renewed her pledge to fight the scourge of corruption in government, as she stressed the importance of repentance and helping the less fortunate this Holy Week.

“We will work to fix the corruption that still plagues our nation. Pagkalinga sa kapwa at pagbabagong loob alang-alang sa Diyos, ito ang angkop at napapanahong dalangin [Helping others and repentance, obeying God, this is the appropriate and timely prayer],” the President said in her Lenten message released Wednesday.

“Manalangin tayo para sa patnubay ng langit sa ating paghahanap ng landas tungo sa pambansang pagkakaisa at pagbabago, tungo sa kapayapaan at kaunlaran [Let us pray for guidance from heaven in our search for the road to national unity and reform, towards peace and progress],” she said.

Arroyo has been fighting of calls for her to resign amid allegations that she, her husband, Jose Miguel, and ex-elections chief Benjamin
Abalos pocketed millions of dollars in kickbacks from the allegedly tainted national broadband network project.

“We live in a time of great moral challenges… We count the fight for a strong economy, to cut poverty dramatically, the fight for a clean environment, and the fight for quality education the highest imperatives of our times,” the President said.

“Beyond policies and programs, our people want leaders that are God-fearing, pro-poor, unafraid to make tough decisions, hardworking, and loyal to the people,” she said.

At a news conference in Malacañang, Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said efforts to bring down government were likely to wane further after the Holy Week.

“It is Holy Week, that’s why there is very much lower or no [political] activity. Let’s hope this will continue after everyone realizes [that] there is a need for us to band together,” he said.

Ermita said anti-government groups were not likely to surpass the large rally in Makati City on February 29, which police estimated to be at least 10,000.

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Written by joelguinto

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