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Tuesday, June 18, 2019
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Arroyo says fight for freedom from poverty continues

HOUSE Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, said the fight for freedom continues, although it has shifted from a struggle against colonizers to a struggle against poverty.

“Kaya kung ang henerasyon ng ating mga ninuno ay ipinaglaban ang kalayaan, ang ating henerasyon ay ipagpatuloy nating ipaglaban ang kalayaan sa kahirapan ng ating bansa,” Arroyo said during the 121st Independence Day rites Wednesday at the Barasoain Church in Malolos City, Bulacan.

(Our ancestors fought for freedom. Our generation will continue to fight for freedom from poverty.)

She noted that during her presidency, the poverty rate in the country went down to 26 percent when her term ended in 2010 from 39 percent in 2001.

The Duterte administration aims to bring down the poverty rate further to 14 percent when he steps down in 2022.

“Umaasa ako na makakamit ng administrasyon ni Pangulong Duterte ang hangad niyang mapababa ang kahirapan sa 14% sa taong 2022. Kung kaawaan tayo ng Diyos at matutupad ang hangaring ito ay masasabi nating naibaba ng mga administrasyong magkakasunod ang kahirapan mula 39% noong 2001 nang nagsimula ako bilang pangulo hanggang 26% nang natapos ako bilang pangulo noong 2010 hanggang sa 14% sa taong 2022, sa loob lamang ng dalawampung taon. Kung makakamit ito, tagumpay ito ng buong henerasyon,” she said.

During her speech, Arroyo honored her father Diosdado Macapagal as she credited him for the June 12 celebration of Independence Day since 1962.

She said her father felt that it was not right for the Philippines to celebrate Independence Day on July 4 because it is the Independence Day of the Americans.

“Iyon din ang Independensiya ng Estados Unidos. Tuwing idaraos ang ating Araw ng Kalayaan sa ika-apat ng Hulyo, sumasabay tayo sa bansang dating sumakop sa atin. At parang nakatali pa rin tayo sa Amerika at patuloy na umaasa sa kanyang tulong at pagtatanggol. Karapat-dapat na ilipat ang Araw ng Kalayaan sa ika-labindalawa ng Hunyo — ang petsa nang ihayag ni Heneral Emilio Aguinaldo sa Kawit, Kabite, noong 1898, na bansang malaya tayo, may sariling paninindigan, nilalayon, at mga karapatang gaya ng iba pang malayang bansa,” she said.

As a result, the late President Diosdado Macapagal issued an Executive Order in 1962, declaring June 12 as the country’s Independence Day. Two years later, Congress passed a bill making June 12 the country’s day of independence.

“Sa bagong araw ng pagdiriwang, pinasigla ng sambayanang Pilipino, sa pamumuno ng mahal kong ama, ang diwa at damdamin ng pagsasarili laban sa dayuhang mananakop na mismong ipinamalas at pinag-ibayo sa Kawit nang ihayag ng ating mga ninunong naghimagsik ang kalayaan at kasarinlan ng ating mahal na Inang Bayan. Ito ang diwa ng Hunyo a-dose,” she said. (Ryniel Berlanga/SunStar Philippines)


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