• PNoy: 2013 a tough year for PHL

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    WITH the various natural and man-made calamities that pounded the country, 2013 is indeed a tough year for the Philippines, according to President Benigno Aquino 3rd.

    Speaking before the Bulong Pulungan on Tuesday, the Chief Executive admitted that the nation is still hurting after being hit by both natural and man-made calamities.

    He cited the 7.2 magnitude killer earthquake that hit the provinces of Cebu and Bohol, super typhoon ‘Yolanda’ that devastated Eastern Visayas and the failed siege in Zamboanga City by members of the Moro National Liberation Front-Nur Misuari faction.

    “Mabigat po ang taong ito pero mabigat rin ho itong sunod-sunod na sakunang umabot sa atin gawa ng kalikasan o gawa ng tao [This year has been a very difficult one for us due to the disasters we faced, both natural and man-made],” he added.

    However, Mr. Aquino assured that the government will not give up in overcoming these challenges adding that he is proud to be the leader of a people who is unbowed by calamity.

    “Palagay ko po, isa lang ang mapapagmalaki natin: Hindi tayo dumaing at hindi mangunguna ang gobyerno n’yo na sabihing ‘panahon nang sumuko [But we can take pride in that the people and the government never surrendered. This is a government that draws strength from the people],” he said.

    Despite recent major woes that hit the country in past months, Mr. Aquino said he is thankful for and heartened by the “never-say-die spirit” of Filipinos in coping with such tragedies.

    In September, followers of Misuari occupied parts of Zamboanga City to declare independence and took hostages but government troops eventually crashed them.

    On October 15, a magnitude 7.2 quake jolted Central Visayas which devastated Bohol province while last November, Super Typhoon Yolanda devastated Visayas and Southern Luzon, leaving more than 5,500 dead

    But Mr. Aquino said that when he revisited Bohol recently, he was awed to see the people remaining resilient and getting back on their feet.

    “Bohol still experiences brownouts of six hours a day but the people continue to cope,” he said.

    He also commended Philippine Air Force (PAF) personnel who brought soldiers to Tacloban City despite the inclement weather brought by super typhoon Yolanda, just to open the Tacloban airport.

    The President also said he is thankful to security forces, including the police and military, for defending Zamboanga City from rogue Misuari followers.

    He said the government’s troops fearlessly repelled the attackers even if they knew their armored vehicles could be vulnerable to powerful weapons like recoilless rifles.

    RITCHIE A. HORARIO

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    3 Comments

    1. Arch.Angel(Lito) Lingan Mallonga on

      What happened too on the earthquake & Typhoon in Negros Oriental & Davao has this been address by the National Government. Has there been a place for its relocation including affordable houses for them, schools for their children, water and jobs for them. All this things needs to be address so the entire people of our people can really move forward. Our people can only take so much scarifies but there will be a limit to it specially if the government do not act and always abused the taxes that they are paying to the BIR all the time.

      I am glad that Ping Lacson is now the one taking over the task in YOLANDA’s
      rehabilitation. Maybe this time things will work for helping those poor people once and for all. KEEP ASIDE POLITICS AS WE DO NOT NEED THEM RIGHT NOW!!!!

    2. Roldan Guerrero on

      OF ALL YEARS MR BSA THE PHILS. HAD BEEN IN ITS TOUGHEST TIMES SINCE YOU TOOK POWER. The fruits of GMAs initiative w/c bear fruits in your 1st 3 years of reign are now fading out and w/o the OFWs and foreign aids, this country would now be in complete trash. Your weak management and extremely very poor management are the reasons behind these mesh. You should do a BIAZON act. MAAWAKA SA MGA FILIPINOS.

      • Natural calamities respect no leaders nor it’s constraint by time.
        It will strike anytime and anywhere with very ample time of warning of the danger to lives and properties with the technological advancement.

        What is paramount is to stay strong and courageous. Leave aside all political, regional, and religious affiliations and all sorts of prejudices.

        PILIPINOS should grow up and stand strong and move on IN TIMES of needs.

        RESPECT and SUPPORT to our leaders are as important as respect to parents in any family.