Davao City (Rose Palacio / 27 February) The official Philippine Information Agency (PIA) had gathered various comments on Friday's Presidential Proclamation 1017 issued by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Newly appointed MEDCO chairman USEC Virgilio Leyretana strongly supports the President's declaration of State of National Emergency to thwart the destabilization plot.
It is very ironic that our economy is taking-off, yet the militants and opposition groups continue to destroy the gains of the President's socio economic reforms.
Leaders of the failed coup should stop their adventurism and instead respect and uphold the rule of law and the duly constituted authorities as law abiding Filipino citizens, he added.
"We strongly condemn in the strongest possible term this naked attempt to topple the legitimate Arroyo administration. We call on all sectors of society especially the masses in the countrysides to reject any attempt to disregard the Constitution, rule of law and the Arroyo administration," said Gov. Ben Evardone of Eastern Samar and spokesman of the Union of Local Authorities in the Philippines or ULAP.
"We urge the President to remain firm and steadfast and resolutely confront these stabilizers and power hungry. Firm and decisive actions are only but proper to put these unscrupulous elements in their proper place," he added.
Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry VP for Mindanao Romeo Serra said "our economy is moving despite threats to destabilize the government. It is unfortunate that as we pursue our road to progress, the efforts of the President is being hampered by militant groups."
"We must all take responsibility in protecting our people from malicious threats and continue creating more jobs, providing livelihood opportunities and develop infrastructure and business opportunities that will benefit the people," he said.
Task Force Davao Commander Col. Eduardo del Rosario has declared that army soldiers under his command "remain united and committed in supporting the chain of command, the Constitution and our Commander-in-Chief. We will never be a party to any move against the government under President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, he said.
"We have just started rebuilding our economy, we cannot allow any political instability to spoil the signs of economic recovery," said Davao del Norte Vice Governor Anthony del Rosario as he viewed the State of National Emergency as the President's way of safeguarding the welfare of the nation.
Major General Cardozo Luna, Commanding General of the 4th Infantry Division Phil Army declared that everything is under control.
"I have ordered our men in the field, particularly in regions 10, 11 and 13 to follow the chain of command. We continue to perform our duties and remain loyal to the Constitution", he said.