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Arroyo: ‘Too much politics’

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By Joel Guinto
First Posted 14:09:00 02/24/2009

CLARK FIELD, Pampanga – President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo rued what she called “too much politics,” a day after the Senate blue ribbon committee called her to task over the P728-million fertilizer fund controversy.

Instead of politicking, the President renewed her call for unity, especially in the face of the global recession.

“According to a survey, many lawyers are politicians, but too much politics is something else, especially now that we have to unite to overcome this difficult trial,” Arroyo said in the Kapampangan dialect, in a speech before members of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP).

Arroyo said the nation should “nurture” optimism, as shown in a survey, which said that nine in 10 Filipinos were entering 2009 with hope.

While it said that there was no direct evidence against the President, the preliminary report of the committee said that she “acquiesced” the overprice of farm implements, kickbacks from which, were allegedly funneled to her 2004 campaign chest.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Lorelei Fajardo said Arroyo need not explain herself further on the issue.

Fajardo said it was enough for Arroyo to have ordered the Presidential Anti-Graft Commission (PAGC) to investigate the case.

“Hindi na kailangang magpaliwanag further ni Pangulong Arroyo dito [President Arroyo doesn’t have to explain herself further here],” she told a news conference here.

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