Fetalvero: Remaining steadfast in a crisis-A A +A
Two empty bottles
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
THE trials besetting President Noynoy Aquino (or PNoy) require a steadfast heart and faith in God that will not falter at the end of the day even when he is pressured to solve the country’s numerous problems quickly.
Hundreds of thousands of evacuees, the business sector and the affected residents of neighboring barangays within Zamboanga City are wary despite the assurances of the local government and the national leaders that they are doing their best to restore peace and order.
Since day one of the Zamboanga crisis, Filipinos nationwide have been glued to the television sets as members of the Moro National Liberation Front continue to hold hostages and battle with government forces.
Amid this crisis, PNoy is also faced with the pressure from the citizenry to prosecute those involved in the Pork Barrel scam in which a number of politicians and government employees and members of non-government organizations have been charged with plunder, malversation of funds, graft and corruption.
Since his oath into the Office of the Presidency, PNoy faced all kinds of situations that have tested his managerial ability and his capacity to discern the best decision under a given circumstance.
The hostage-taking near the Quirino grandstand in 2010 gave him the lowest rating.
However, as crisis upon crisis have happened in his administration, Filipinos have somehow been assured his office is on top of the situation even if militant groups continue to discredit him.
At least PNoy has been true to his campaign promises that he will fight graft and corruption, and will not tolerate any irregularity including erring diplomats abroad who are supposed to protect overseas Filipino workers.
Government agencies such as the Bureau of Customs, the National Food Authority, the National Bureau of Investigation and the Philippine National Police are on their toes as PNoy checks on their performance.
The country has been ravaged by storm after storm, sending thousands of farmers and residents to evacuation centers, thus pressuring the present administration to build houses for the homeless.
Amid all these do we see any cooperation at all from the citizenry?
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 26, 2013.