What about us Madam President?

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What about for the Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley , Madam President? In her eight State of the Nation (SONA) yesterday, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo almost hit a boundary of the mainland valley, when she cited Agusan del Sur as one the provinces to where a national intervention is immediately forthcoming. That neighboring northern province along with a few other Mindanao provinces which she specifically mentioned in her data- and accomplishment-bristling speech. But since DavNor and Comval are not calamity-stricken provinces, ours could as well better qualify as the provinces that could be enlisted to partake in her spirited exhortation to be self-reliant amidst the worst global fuel and food crises that she frequently dammed yesterday as causes of the country’s ills.

We don’t know if Press Secretary Jess Dureza, who is a Dabawenyo, was part of the team of speechwriters who collectively pooled their inputs to the final SONA speech of the President. Maybe he was just not pulling his own chair and was putting modesty in the order of things in not stating at least the name of Davao City or a Davao province in the speech.

Be that as it was, we are after all bedazzled by the figures and thanks rendered by the President as she defended the benefits of continuing to exact the Value Added Tax  as a cushioning net against the trepidations of the global crisis.

But for trumpeting her gains and accomplishments that have nationwide impacts, at least we know that she is “caring so much for this nation” that included us, that “no one’s political plans can threaten our nation’s survival”. But for us in the DavNor and Comval that are not calamity-stricken but are instead insurgency–stricken, the President’s latter quotation is short of saying a baffling hint that she’s a staying figure while also saying that she was actually making the next President easier for him or her to govern and accomplish after her term. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News) http://ruralurbanews.blogspot.com

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