Arroyo urges colleagues: Help 'Pablo' victims

By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 05 2012 10:44 AM | Updated as of Dec 05 2012 06:53 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo called on fellow lawmakers to set aside legislative work to attend to the needs of those devastated by typhoon Pablo.

"We enjoin our fellow lawmakers to set aside legislative work and prioritize helping our affected and distressed countrymen. The government should always be at the forefront of trying times like this as it will show responsiveness and compassion devoid of political boundaries which should be the essence of a lasting peace framework. Besides lobbying Congress, the administration should meet the NDRRMC. Our people need us now," she said.

In a statement released by chief of staff Elena Bautista Horn, Arroyo also condoled with the victims.

"On behalf of my family and my constituents in Pampanga, I extend my sympathies and prayers to the communities ravaged by Typhoon Pablo, especially the families who lost their loved ones. This is a time for national solidarity in protecting life and family, and urgently assisting the needy."

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