MEMO FOR OUR
With the re-opening of Congress, we urge our honorable political leaders in Malacañang, in the Senate and at the House of Representatives to unite and work together for the nation's benefit. Our economic recovery is fragile. The peace and order situation is unsettling as crime and terrorism threatens. Calamities wipe out crops and savings. Millions remain poor, and even those who have some means find life harder going. OUR PEOPLE DO NOT DEMAND MIRACLES. THEY APPRECIATE EVERYONE WHO CONTRIBUTES TO MODEST IMPROVEMENTS IN OUR SITUATION DESPITE LIMITATIONS.
No doubt our President will report on achievements of the government since July last year. We are grateful for what has been accomplished. We realize that things could be worse but we also believe they could be better. We all know our country's problems are deep, our people's burdens heavy and the nation's road to prosperity difficult and long. What is now important is for our country to keep moving ahead as we have no time to lose. Our needs grow everyday and our means grow much more slowly. Ang pinakamahalaga ngayon ay ang pagsasa-isang tabi ng kanya-kanyang sama ng loob alang-alang sa bayan. THE PRESIDENT AND THE LEADERS OF CONGRESS SHOULD STOP DWELLING ON REASONS FOR CONFLICT and INSTEAD FOCUS ON GETTING OUR GOVERNMENT TO DELIVER ON A CONSTRUCTIVE AGENDA FOR THE NATION.
We call for civility in public discourse and ask our public figures to stop calling each other derogatory names that simply add enduring bitterness to temporary disagreements. THIS IS NOT THE TIME FOR PARTISAN POLITICAL POSTURING MORE APPROPRIATE FOR THE CAMPAIGN PERIOD IN 2004.
We ask Congress to concentrate on critical bills essential to our economic growth. When our public figures fight among themselves, our people end up being casualties. When our leaders work well with each other, the whole country benefits, particularly the poor who most depend on a smoothly functioning government. We call on the Senate to resolve its own crisis of leadership consistent with urgent needs of the nation for cooperation, not conflict. WE SHALL HOLD EACH SENATOR DIRECTLY ACCOUNTABLE TO THE PEOPLE.
We ask the President to exercise her considerable powers and authorities to implement and enforce our laws to move the country forward. We regard her as the president of all Filipinos, obligated to exercise her powers and authority according to the moral principles that brought her to that position. We expect the President to provide the political statesmanship to secure a principled consensus between the executive and the two houses of Congress to sustain economic recovery, social reform and peace and order. WE BELIEVE THAT A DRAMATIC DEMONSTRATION OF THE TRANSFORMATIONAL POWER OF AN EFFECTIVE PRESIDENT IS THE BEST PLATFORM FOR SECURING WIDER PUBLIC SUPPORT.
We ask both administration and opposition to recall Edsa Dos not as an act of political expedience, but as an act of moral outrage. All those in power today need to consider Edsa Dos as a militant re-assertion of the principle that PUBLIC OFFICE IS A PUBLIC TRUST.
This government and all who serve in it from whatever party should RESPECT THE MORAL IMPERATIVE TO SERVE THE NATION'S HIGHEST INTERESTS RATHER THAN MERELY FOLLOW PERSONAL PARTISAN POLITICAL INSTINCTS.
1. Dan Songco - Pagbabago@ Pilipinas
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Last updated July 25, 2002 09:13 AM