Mind-twisting situation on our nation's promising possibilities

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By Fe San Juan Hidalgo

Citizen Fe

Tuesday, February 12, 2013


I SAT down to read the top selling daily newspaper in the country today. Let me cite verbatim some glaring news bannered here.

"PH Tops Growth Target." Economy seen to expand 6.5 percent. This will be possible with the renewed interests of investors given to the president during the recent World Economic Forum in Davos.

This is good news for all of us. Our economy had been picking up lately but why are there so many poor Filipinos still living in abject conditions? Why are there unruly rallies, riots in demolitions, and rampant criminalities in our midst?

Why are our roads and infrastructure not sufficient to meet this possible economic growth?

More Fun (funds, too) to live to 100 years life span in PH. Each one gets a cash gift of P100.00 with discounts on all purchases. There is a teaser-sideline cartoon of Moo, the carabao, saying "Swerte naman ang nagaalaga!" Why? What is the meaning of this quip? So much for the supposed good news.

These are the quoted relevant topics to the issues I want to expound on. Just read between the lines of these capsule quotes and you will know what I mean.

"Bishops Blast Political Dynasties." There are 178 dynasties, 56 percent are old elites and the rest are the new elites. In the provinces there are 94 percent dynasties. These breed corruption and inhibit the general access to political power. The bishops are hoping that the SC will reconsider their ruling. This is the people's clamor also but the situation remains as an unsolved problem up to now.

"Mining Loses amount to $15B in Potential Investment." Stake holders are still waiting for congress to enact the law. The inflow of investment will be $718.47 M in 2013 down from $2.07B last year. The standing issue is here in the government is short-changed in the profit sharing process. Then, work it out right now. Economists must do their job. Minerals are to be mined and used; and not to be stored. Natural resources are to be used wisely and sustainability must be maintained.

"Dollar-peso rate is P40.735 to a dollar." This is the 11th record high in the history of PSE. (Nostalgia - living in Baguio 1960 - 75 the rate was 2 pesos to a dollar. We enjoyed John Hay's luxuries then. Now, it is just a dream). Circa 2013, economists rejoice because the present trend will go on till about P30+ to a dollar in the coming years.

Now, there is the problem of our OFW's whose remittances had lowered in value as a result. Their families depend on this to live decently and pay off debts incurred while waiting for the next pay check from abroad. Mind-twisting indeed.

Their money budgeted based on the old rate is a problem now. "Pagcor talks of their highest income in 2012, in 27 years." It reached P40.50 billion last year. It paid the BIR P1.07B in 2012 due to improved performance.

But, do you remember? The Pagcor had been in the news lately because of anomalies and scams connected with some high government officials.

"Marcos Stolen Wealth to be distributed to all Victims of the Human Rights Violation during his Dictatorship". This fund will come from the 10 billion dollars stashed in a Swiss bank taken over by the PH government.

Here comes Bongbong Marcos, "We are no longer involved. These investigations are now the responsibility of the government to decide on how the assets should be spent."

Bongbong says they have no more legal personality to all these actions. Members of the Marcos clan are in high government offices right now. How is that?

"Sino Leader Spells out New Foreign Policy." This involves our West PH seas which should be rightfully ours. The new leader declares this, "We must adhere to the path of peaceful development but we can never sacrifice core natural interest of China.

China has disputed with Japan and other Asian countries in the South China Sea. This span is busy with shipping lanes, fishing grounds and potentially rich with gas oil reserves. PH has legal actions involving the UN Convention of the Sea (Unclos) against Beijing with hopes for the peaceful settlement of the issues. China does not recognize Unclos. US solons back the PH moves in the UN. Where do we go from here?

Aside from the Abu Sayyaf and MNLF unabated conflicts daily newspapers had bannered lately the attacks made by the NPA on convoys of government army men out for peaceful missions. They burn and ravage public utility facilities. They pester companies and businessmen for their revolutionary taxes.

The troubled Southern Philippines is another big issue for all of us. The NPA is the military unit of the CPP in our country. The leader of the dissident group declared that the PH military contingents cannot stop the NPA's growth.

Over the next few years, the NPA will be able to initiate more frequent and widespread tactical offenses on the front, regional, provincial, and national levels of the country.

The chief-of-staff of the PH Internal Peace and Security Plan has "Bayanihan". The military counter-insurgency program. This will aim for peace and end the decade's old armed strategies. The NPA will have none of these alternatives. Are these communists dreaming of their future world domination?

PH citizens, wake up, contemplate, discern. What will happen to our nation?

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 12, 2013.

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