I must disagree with some of the consensus in here. The country, overall, is progressing under the administration of Arroyo. You cannot place all the blame on the President for the rampant corruption that happens on the provincial level, it is a phenomenon that was already in place before our time. Corruption was already in place even before the rise of Marcos; where warlordry as well as corruption and rampant political killings took place.
President Arroyo is the best leader that this country needs right now. Who can do a better job? Don't tell me FPJ would have done a better job, the man was not even educated in political science aside from having been friends with Erap and high profile actor-politicians.
Let me tell you about President Arroyo, this woman attended her undergraduate year in Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service and was a classmate with President Bill Clinton. She consistently achieved Dean's List in Georgetown, exemplifying her intelligence and work ethic despite being surrounded by male colleagues. She then attended Assumption College and graduated magna cum laude. Then pursued her master's degree in economics at Ateneo University, then her Ph.D in economics at the University of the Philippines. All those who hate her know how smart she is, she is an economist and her policy for this country is nothing but for gradual economic prosperity. What we suffer now will bear fruit in future generations; this is just how economics works.
This woman, is not only intelligent but resound in her policies. More so than any of her counterparts in Manila. She knows how to work the system we have, and unfortunately the system in the Philippines is a corrupt system, you know this and as well as I and the international community knows this.
What has she done for the country?
She has brought economic stability to the country, a surging economy of 7% GNP growth, a rising middle class, brought jobs to the country and made us an IT regional hub, has increased the US-RP relationship in the war against terror, has promoted provincial projects. Countless more. Sorry, but I am not so quick to turn my back on a President that has brought some sort of stability to this country after years of massive corruption, a falling economy, a weak peso, and a terrorist problem in the south. My respects for her in holding her own ground after the mutineers of 2004, of the widespread poor protests. The poor of Manila do not speak for all of the Philippines. What about the rising middle class in the provinces? What about the fact that she has brought more jobs to the Filipino than any other president in the fact? The unemployment rate has decreased under her term, the peso is rising against the dollar and other foreign currencies, we are on a verge of an economic boom.
And now they complain? The passions of a certain group of people SHOULD NOT dictate the politics and welfare of the ENTIRE Republic of the Philippines. Never! Never!
This country needs Arroyo. She has brought progress to this country, on a general scale. And God forbid we have another debilitating revolution that will plunge us into another economic pit. I pray that the President have a clear conscience in guiding this nation, that he strengthens her in this trying of times. That she rises above her accusers, and continue to be a blessing for our country. History will judge her positively for this. I am sure of it. Linkback: https://tubagbohol.mikeligalig.com/index.php?topic=11201.0