Press Release
March 8, 2010


Senator Edgardo J. Angara today denied allegations by Senator Juan Ponce Enrile that he served as Senator Manny Villar's emissary for presidential candidate Richard Gordon to withdraw from the presidential race.

"There is absolutely no truth to that. I was surprised to hear my name being dragged into the issue. I'm not even a re-electionist," he said.

Angara added, "We should move on to the more important issues of the national campaign. Whoever will win the country's leadership faces big challenges like a dwindling food and water supply, a growing population, poor educational standards, lack of healthcare, and a slipping national competitiveness."

"So let's move on from petty politics to a serious and honest examination of our candidates' platforms," he said.

Angara noted that the 6-year period from 2010 to 2016 will be critical for the Philippines, as the country faces the daunting challenge of a growing population, an environment under extreme stress, rapid technological breakthroughs, and a dramatically restructured global financial market.

"With such unprecedented changes in our social, environmental, technological and political spheres, we need to map out an intelligent plan for the country. We can do this by focusing on infrastructure, job generation and by preparing for the morning-after scenario through human capital investments" he said.

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