Fetalvero: Give it to us straight

CONFLICTING reports and ambivalence trigger doubts and distrust. Give it to us straight. It is better to be enlightened than live confused, disgusted and frustrated.

Department heads break their heads trying to think of solutions to traffic congestion, and yet we do not control the issuance of franchises.

When will our legislative body and local government units realize that the problem in this country is law implementation, enforcement and the lack of police visibility? A law prohibiting a child to sit in the front seat of a vehicle, and a child four years old and below must be seated in a car seat, are two of several legal measures to protect citizens. However, how often do we see an infant carried by an adult riding a motorcycle?

In the war against drugs, criminality and insurgency, when there are just too many conflicting statements from witnesses and police, people start to question the credibility of the information.

On the administration’s fight against corruption, some get a rap sheet while there are those who get the bullet. Some who are initially found to be accountable, are either transferred or get promoted. Are we being selective?

The Department of Labor and Employment clarified that manual labor or blue-colored jobs are not offered to foreign workers. If that is the guideline, how come there were several Chinese workers found working as construction workers in conjunction with the Build, Build, Build program of the government?

We prohibit our marginal fishermen to quarry sand some meters away from the beach front, and yet we give special permits to foreign vehicles to operate dredging activities in Lobo, Batangas. There seems to be an ambivalent approach on the Chinese encroachment on disputed ocean territories, particularly in the West Philippine Sea. So many conflicting reports from the Malacanang Palace and the Department of Foreign Affairs. Have we filed a protest or not?

We cannot afford to be inept and ambivalent on certain areas of governance. To dispel all doubts, give it to us straight from the heart. The truth may hurt but Filipinos do not want to be caught with their pants down, so to speak. We may be divided on the issue of the war on drugs and on corruption but Filipinos are certainly united when it comes to protecting our sovereignty.


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