Saturday, 18 April 2009

Optimism rises in the Philippines

The Philippines continues to prosper and move ahead, in defiance of every effort by the opposition to bring us down and smear the record of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s administration.

This, as Press Secretary Cerge Remonde reported, that in the face of the ongoing global recession and job displacements at home, more — not fewer — Filipinos are optimistic about their future.

He said the latest Pulse Asia survey showed that the number of Filipinos with an optimistic outlook sharply increased, from 22 percent last year to 29 percent today.

More remarkably, he said, another survey by Synovate, an international market research company, showed that optimism is particularly pronounced in Metro Manila, among people who are usually critical or cynical in their thinking.

Remonde also said that even on the corrosive issue of corruption, the latest rating by Hong Kong-based PERC (risk consultancy firm), showed the Philippines is moving from top to 6th from the bottom “or about midway among all countries surveyed in Asia.”

“In the face of this chorus of approval, no wonder the opposition is becoming even ever more frantic, petty and illogical in their endless tirades against the President. Luckily for all of us, it is she — not they — who remains responsible for guiding the ship of state,” Remonde said. (PND)

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