LAOAG CITY – Lawmakers belonging to the so-called Northern Luzon Alliance (NLA) assured their full support to President Benigno Simeon Aquino III whose administration faces controversies arising from the Mamasapano clash in Maguindanao earlier this year.
Rep. Eric D. Singson (2nd district, Ilocos Sur), a senior leader of NLA, said Sunday the group affirmed its support to the Aquino presidency through a manifesto.
“We remain confident in the leadership of President Aquino and his programs, for espousing long lasting peace and uplifting our economy, now recognized as one of the fastest growing economies in the world,” said the 27 NLA lawmakers who signed the manifesto.
Singson noted the country was given a high investment grade which, he said, was an indication of growing economy.
“This high investment grade would show that President Aquino had sincerity and excellence in the country’s economic programs,” Singson said.
According to Singson, the alliance, also known as the northern block, called on the public not to interrupt the remaining year of the President’s term noting that the country’s economy has started to take-off.
The northern Luzon solons also appealed to their colleagues in Congress and the public to join them in their public declaration of support to Aquino.
Meanwhile, Singson lauded the 44 Special Action Force police commandos who died in the Mamasapano clash in exchange for a lasting peace in Mindanao.
However, he appealed to the Filipinos not to blame President Aquino for their deaths.
Singson said the president was the only approving authority, not the implementor, of the high-profile operation to neutralize two international terrorists.
“Unfortunately during the implementation of the operation plan by the SAF members against notorious Malaysian international terrorist Marwan, there were other factors that were not expected to occur. But their (SAF) mission was successfully achieved,” Singson said.#