PNoy Scores 'Negativism'

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PNoy Scores 'Negativism'


Manila, Philippines - President Benigno S. Aquino III chided the medias penchant for negativism in the coverage of recent calamities, saying the nameless people who exerted efforts to ease suffering have been forgotten. The President defended the tireless government workers and other nameless people involved rescue and relief mission but were supposedly not highlighted in the news reports. The Presidents remarks, made during yesterdays Bulong Pulungan, followed weeks of drawing sharp criticism for the governments slow relief response in the aftermath of super typhoon Yolanda. He set aside a prepared speech and delivered impromptu remarks mostly thanking the men and women involved in the relief operations. Negativism Sells Whenever we read the newspapers, listen to the radio, and watch TV, the notion of negativism sells persists, the President said in Filipino during the forum at the Sofitel hotel. If we dont make a controversy or issue, our media seems to be bored, said Aquino. Gratitude The President used the occasion to express gratitude to the soldiers, policemen, other government workers, and volunteers involved in the rescue and relief mission in light of the recent adversities. On behalf of the country, I thank all the nameless people who gave their all to alleviate the suffering of our countrymen, Aquino said. Apart from the government security forces, Aquino praised Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas and Social Secretary Corazon Solima for being on the frontlines during the Zamboanga siege as well as the aftermath of the earthquake and typhoon that hit Visayas. While these cabinet members were busy bringing aid to the calamity victims, Aquino observed that there were some media practitioners who were hurling criticisms during breakfast, lunch, dinner and even midnight snack. Aquino also extended anew his thanks to the international community that continues to provide relief aid to the disaster-hit communities. Will Not Surrender The President meantime said the government is committed to accelerate the recovery and rehabilitation efforts in the communities affected by typhoon Yolanda, and the 7.2 magnitude earthquake, among others. He affirmed that the government will not surrender and will continue to provide assistance to help people recover from the tragedy. …

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