Ms. Ronadale Zapata
VP RALLIES FILIPINOS AND
AMERICANS TO THE WAR AGAINST POVERTY AND TERRORISM
26 October 2005
half a century after the end of World War II, the Philippines is again at war. It is
waging a war against widespread poverty and world-wide terrorism.
This was the
admission of Vice President Noli ‘Kabayan’ De Castro during the
commemoration of the 61st Anniversary of the Leyte Gulf Landing at the
MacArthur Landing Memorial National Park in Palo, Leyte.
In his speech, Vice President De Castro lamented that long after
General Douglas MacArthur landed at the historic Leyte Gulf with Sergio Osmeña
Sr., President of the Philippine Commonwealth and General Carlos P.
Romulo, signaling the return of democracy to our land, the Philippines is still besieged by these
The Vice President explained that every worker who loses his job, every
woman who is forced to sell her body to strangers, every child who ends
up begging in our streets have something in common—they are all
casualties of war.
To address these problems, the
ex-officio alternate chairman of the National Anti-Poverty Commission
acknowledged that the government and all its instrumentalities have to
work double-time in its anti-poverty program.
On the other hand, Vice President De Castro recounted that the war on
terrorism had taken a more global perspective as even rich and advanced
countries like the United States of America and, more recently, England and our ASEAN neighbor Indonesia have had horrible
experiences perpetrated by terrorists that resulted in massive
destruction of lives and properties.
The Vice President believes that in this ugly war against terrorists, a
united front among the Filipinos and the Americans, together with other
peace-loving peoples of the world, is needed in order to emerge
faith that the war against poverty and terrorism will not be won by
superior arms, but rather by a superior spirit. Both the American and
Filipino people believe in democracy, in equality among men, and in
enabling every person to achieve his full potential. These are the very
powerful principles—stronger than the forces that brought poverty and
terrorism in our midst-- that would deliver us from the bondage of
poverty and the evils of terrorism.
Ref No. VPMEDIA 05-155