NEWS: Dureza sings paeans to Tagum City’s rush of developments

In defending GMA’s low ratings

Press Secretary Jesus Dureza is singing paeans to the rush of developments in Tagum City describing that what he has been seeing while motoring around the city is the same to what is happening all around the country in his travels with the President.

As he paid tribute to City Mayor Rey Uy, whom he said has done many things for his city even if he might have made unpopular decisions like President Arroyo, he said that he was awed by the city’s well-paved four lanes and many infrastructure projects “that made a difference”.

“Call me sipsip to the President, but  a lot of developments are going on which we never have seen before,” Sec. Dureza said in his keynote speech after inducting into office the officers of the National Press Club-Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley Chapter Monday at Bulwagan ng Panlalawigan building in the provincial Capitol complex at Mankilam, Tagum City.

He said that the President makes decisions including unpopular ones like the implementation of Value Added Tax (VAT) adding that “it pays off” into bolstering the national development fund from which the P1.6-billion for the Talaingod-Bukidnon road project that Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario got came from.

Dureza also crossed his finger that when he became a press secretary he got the opportunity to closely work with Arroyo and know that “she is a righteous and hardworking President.”

“Only that she’s unjustly maligned, unfairly judged in public resulting to her low survey ratings,” he said, “while her Cabinet members scored higher ratings.”

Sensing the presence of District 1 Cong. Arrel Olano, the press secretary said that like him “mouli ug pirme to be of service to the constituents.”

Sources that the congressman, who is in town for the recess in Congress until November 10, has long been shuttling from Manila to arrive at the city by Friday night and be back at Manila by Monday morning when the Congress is not in recess.

Sec. Dureza congratulated newly sworn officers of NPC-DNCV Chapter saying “you are now wed to your profession for better or for worse.”

Also in his keynote speech, he exhorted local mediamen to maintain their independence and integrity in keeping the flame of press freedom alive in this part of the country.(Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)


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