Pangan: Crisis after crisis

At Close Range

AFTER the water crisis, the country's citizens are confronted with electric power supply shortage and other services/utilities shortfalls.

On the national level, even President Duterte is peeved by the occurrence of these crises plus the old issues of corruption and malfeasance committed by officials close to him and handpicked by him to occupy sensitive positions.

As a result of these instances of anomalies, he threatened to resign while expressing his regrets for ever running for president.

He says: I lost my enthusiasm to work. Actually, I deeply regretted it. I regretted my decision to run for president. Whether or not the President was serious in his threat, only the presidential spokesperson can understand.

Corruption is indeed in the system, in government, as proven by the big anomaly exposed in PhilHealth brouhaha involving false claims for payment, even for dead patients.


What is funny, if not outrageous, is that PhilHealth is stingy to real, validated claims but it is so reckless to fabricated claims for payment.

President Duterte was particularly disappointed on the "stupid" Nayong Pilipino "fiasco" that involved irregular lease deal with a casino developer, which pertains to a government property leased to a casino firm without any public bidding!

It is a tough job, this presidency.


Columnist Fred Lobo of the Manila Bulletin wrote about the PhilHealth anomaly thus: There is zero tolerance on corruption under this administration. There will be an in-depth study on how the frauds are systematically committed by unscrupulous persons in and out of PhilHealth.

Whether or not any significant investigation on this matter will come out, the public need to be informed. Abangan.


Travails of a college president. As a top-ranking official of the city college, the president should be accorded high respect.

Yet, this official is shabbily treated. Simply viewed as a job order contract holder, she does not have the moral authority to rule over a big institution which is even recognized and accredited by the Commission on Higher Education.

Constrained to retire from a public school post by a former city official of Mabalacat, she took the post of president of Mabalacat City College only to encounter difficulties in her appointment papers. She had been a “collateral damage” of vicious politics.

She repeatedly receives her delayed salaries, sometimes after a month and yet she performs her tasks religiously. Her appointment has been confirmed by the college's Board of Trustees.


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