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Saturday, October 29, 2005

Gordon blames political advisers for GMA's woes

Senator Richard Gordon on Saturday urged President Arroyo to sack her political advisers for putting her in trouble because of half-baked ideas on government policies.

Gordon said the President’s political advisers are constantly putting her on the defensive by pushing scenarios that are ill-conceived.

"Some of these people are giving the president bad advice. Tuloy sinasangag siya, ginigisa siya (She is being put on the spot)," Gordon said during the weekly Kapihan sa Sulo news forum.

He said the issues that placed Malacañan in a bad light should be blamed to the President's advisers. He identified these concerns as the controversial Executive Order 464, the calibrated pre-emptive response (CPR) and the beefing of security around the Palace.

"One example is the EO 464. It is a mistake. Why put a wedge between the Palace and the Senate?" Gordon said on Mrs. Arroyo’s directive to bar government officials from attending congressional inquiries without her permission.

He also scored the reported attempts by Malacañan to make compromises with the political opposition. He said the President's attempt to "offer a hand of reconciliation" is tantamount to a transactional leadership.

Gordon said Mrs. Arroyo will do better taking on an "offensive stance" through addressing the country’s problems and enacting reforms in the administration.

"The government must stop going around the ropes and should start hitting the right spots," he said.

He added: "The President should intensify the government’s fight against criminality, generate jobs, boost tax collection, close the gap in education and health and make their services fast and forward-looking."

Gordon, a former tourism secretary, also stressed the need for additional budget for the promotion of tourism.

He added that the government should focus on the generation of foreign investments instead of debt servicing.

Gordon was among the 10 senators who early this month signed an appeal for a "constructive dialogue" among the President, Senate President Franklin Drilon and Speaker Jose de Venecia to prevent a constitutional crisis. (ABS-CBN)


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