MANILA, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / June 30, 2011) - President Benigno Aquino III has gained several positive indicators of the country’s steady march toward progress and development as evidenced by several upgrades in credit ratings, landmark policies and laws for economic and political reform, including increased private domestic investments and jobs generation, his spokesman said Thursday.
Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said those indicators “are all proofs that our people’s optimism is well founded.”
President Aquino marked the first year of his six-year term on Thursday.
“In the span of a year, we have seen several upgrades in our credit ratings, landmark policies and laws for economic and political reform, increased private domestic investments, hundreds of thousands of jobs generated leading to a decrease in unemployment, and other indicators of our country’s steady march toward progress,” Lacierda said.
“These also come while the administration continues to lay firm enduring foundations for inclusive growth, even as the enemies of reform try to stoke the fires of negativism,” he added.
“Let us be firm in our resolve to keep the window of opportunity for those who selfishly want to reestablish the old system firmly shut. Let us never return to the era where the rich and powerful were allowed to run roughshod over the poor.”
In the span of one year, Lacierda said apathy has been replaced by a renewed sense of partnership between government and the people.
“With our mandate from the people, and our commitment to uphold our people’s expectation that they are our boss, the Aquino administration will not be cowed. We are living in a different neighborhood now, where our people are assured that justice is being served; and where those responsible for the suffering we have all endured for almost a decade willbe held accountable,” he said.
Lacierda noted that the present administration has already begun to establish the necessary reforms and no amount of naysaying will derail it from the straight and righteous path.“If anything, these orchestrated attacks against the accomplishments of this new system of good governance only strengthen our resolve to continue building on our successes of the past year,” he said.