Shutdown Opens Up Other Options-A A +A
At Close Range
Sunday, October 6, 2013
THE ongoing shutdown of some United States federal offices and agencies is causing massive headache and embarrassment to senior officials, most especially the nation's first black American president.
The embarrassing shutdown, reported to have come again after 17 years, could have been averted were it not for the stubborn tug-of-war of the sometimes unruly US congress, behaving invariably as spoiled brats and superstars.
Now past its first week of its humiliating onset and into the second week of more difficult consequences, the once-powerful nation on earth will be saddled with debt defaults, further shaming the already beleaguered Obama administration.
Why am I writing about the United States' woes? And why not? We have several relatives, friends and former classmates and colleagues there, that's why. Besides, we can learn a lesson or two from the scenario.
On hindsight, I believe the Philippines is still lucky that, despite the murderous pillage of its coffers by Napoles and company, it has not yet experienced the humiliating shutdown as what befell the once boastful albeit rich United States.
Mas matatag yata ang Pilipinas kaysa America ah. It even got the third favorable investment grade rating, this time from Moody's, after that of Fitch and Standard and Poor.
Observers say that the shutdown opened doors for contemplative legislation in the United States. It drilled some sense of statesmanship on its legislators who are so divided in their overall view of running the affairs of that big nation. As it is now, they are the laughingstock of the group of nations, more particularly their adversaries, namely Iran, Syria and even Russia.
If the stalemate continues and no concrete and sensible action is made to address the present troubled situation, the United States might become one sick, humbled nation!
Talking of sensible legislation, we may yet see one from the halls of the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Mabalacat City where tread the young blood in the persons of Engr. Rox Pena and Dwight Oliver Moises Paras Morales, the active and prolific son of incumbent Mayor Marino "Boking" Morales. It is indeed encouraging to see proactive members of the city sanggunian work and legislate toward the improvement of the services being dished out by the new city. There are other idealists like Atty. Geld Aquino and former ABC prexy Jeng Yumul who are open to suggestions and innovations from their constituents. Not to be outdone is Councilor Ed Sotto who is engrossed in looking for ways to promote the welfare of the senior citizens and other elderly of Mabalacat City. If only other lawmakers are as dedicated as those in Mabalacat City Sangguniang Panlungsod, there would be relevant laws that can come out for the good wellbeing and welfare of the residents. By the way, those in Angeles City are equally productive, prolific and hardworking as their counterparts in Mabalacat City. Their presiding officer, Vice Mayor Vicky Vega Cabigting, is as active and sensible as her counterpart in Mabalacat City, the honorable Christian C. Halili. More power and good health to you all.
In due time, we will elect our village chiefs on October 28. We will watch the contest at Dau where incumbent Atlas Morales will slug it out with the Doktor ng Bayan, Oscar R. Aurelio.
In Barangay Duquit, it is game over in favor of the charismatic Marjorie Grace Morales Sambo, daughter of Mayor Boking. In Mabiga, incumbent Jun David might make it over contender Nic Manansala. There will be other exciting contests in Barangays Camachiles, Sapang Biabas and Dapdap. Their incumbents have so far proven their worth, like Zaldo Garcia and Mando Rivera. And Camachiles? Well, incumbent village chief Jessie Duran might find stiff competition from his predecessor, Ading Magsino. In Tabun, it might still be Rannie de Leon, although there are issues about his actual residence.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on October 07, 2013.