…says gov’t on a ‘warpath’
MANILA, Philippines - In yet another continuation of the war of words, the spokesperson of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo lambasted the current administration for failing to uplift Filipinos who “are getting poorer and hungrier by the day.”
In a statement, Elena Bautista-Horn said: “It has been almost a year since the new Administration was elected and yet no definite economic roadmap or medium-term plan has been implemented in the midst of rising poverty, hunger, inflation, unemployment and corruption indices.”
She said the country has lost optimism.
Yet, “whenever the surveys show a big dip in the leadership’s popularity and performance rating, the regime deflects it by attacking the previous President,” she said.
She said: “For the past weeks, the present leadership has yet again been on a warpath, wasting no time to badmouth his perceived political enemies, President Arroyo included, before student bodies to show his supposed fervor.”
She said Arroyo, who is now Pampanga 4th District Representative, has been attacked personally but chose to remain silent to “make it convenient for the present leadership to map out their directions for the country.”
Bautista-Horn said that while graft and corruption must be addressed, so should poverty and hunger.
She noted that during Arroyo’s time, crude oil prices reached $145 a barrel but the administration was able to keep local fuel prices at around P65 to P70.
“Now the world price of oil is less than that so it should be less difficult to deal with. The President must step up in order to shield the people from the effects of rising inflation. This is on top of the issue of rising unemployment.”
She said the Arroyo camp is just “waiting for action.”