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Nov 29th
Home Sections Philippine Presidency Last Christmas Message of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as President of the Philippines
Last Christmas Message of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as President of the Philippines PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Press Secretary   
Thursday, 24 December 2009 16:39

On the very first Christmas, we were gifted by the Almighty with the greatest present of all – His only Son Jesus Christ, who brought us new hope as the living proof of God’s unequalled love for mankind.

On this Christmas, we call to memory once again this Sacred Gift. We draw renewed strength from the certainty that within our hearts and around us dwells the likeness of the Son of God.

This year, every test we faced carried with it an opportunity to lighten the burdens of life. We experienced God’s love for us in the charity and hopefulness that Filipinos gave to each other in their time of need.

This Christmas, let us remember the lessons that we learned this year. Let us remember that we can be assured that God will understand and comfort us.

Let us come together for the Almighty this Christmas. Let us fill our hearts with gratitude and share with our fellowmen the gift of love and hope, so that we may become worthy of God’s Greatest Gift.

I humbly thank the Almighty for the opportunity He has given me to serve our people the best that I can. And I thank the millions of Filipinos who love our country for their dedication to achieve our common dream of a better future.

I wish all of our countrymen a Christmas filled with love and a New Year full of peace.


Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo

President of the Republic of the Philippines # # #

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Comments (2)
1 Friday, 25 December 2009 18:23
Indeed the adjective "LAST" says it all. This Christmas should be Mrs. Arroyo's final Advent as a public servant. After all, she has been serving only the vested interests.

Thank you for your guts in inserting the adjective in Mrs. Arroyo's press release.

And Merry Christmas to all of you in the,

Maria Clara
2 Saturday, 26 December 2009 08:20

MANILA, DECEMBER 26, 2009 (STAR) By Katherine Adraneda - Staunch critics of the administration have this fervent wish for Christmas: No more Gloria Macagapal-Arroyo as president and head of state.

The umbrella group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) said it has been a difficult year with President Arroyo at the helm.

“The year 2009 has seen some of the worst in Mrs. Arroyo – from the persistent Charter change moves, the sell-out of sovereignty in the Visiting Forces Agreement, the lavish US dinners, the coddling of warlords in Maguindanao, the declaration of martial law and her attempt to stay in power via a congressional run,” said Renato Reyes Jr., secretary-general of Bayan.

“It is thus the collective Christmas wish of the people to see her out by 2010, the sooner the better,” he added.

The activist-leader recounted the many firsts of the Arroyo regime. He said the administration was the first to impose martial law since 1972, and she is the first sitting president to run for a lower position.

Reyes further said that the Arroyo administration had the most attempts at Charter change, and that it was under Arroyo’s watch that the most number of journalists were killed in just one event and in only one day.

But Bayan also warned that seeing Mrs. Arroyo out of power might not be that easy since she will attempt to secure a congressional seat, in what many believe to be the first step towards becoming prime minister under a parliamentary form of government.

There are also lingering fears of a failure of elections with the still untested automated election system, the group likewise cautioned.
“To the Filipino people’s credit, while we faced one bleak Christmas after another under Mrs. Arroyo, the people never lost hope that change will come. As the new year approaches, our people will undoubtedly strive to bring about changes,” Reyes said.

“So, we have to remain vigilant and ensure that the people’s issues will be taken up during the elections. We have to be conscious of the rottenness that still dominates this political exercise,” he also stressed.

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