THE epidemic has started to spread all over the country as the Commission on Elections declares the election 2016 period open. Everyone seems to have been activated by the virus. The Philippine National Police is very alert on the gun ban. Drones are flocking to the houses of leaders of national politicians either for meetings or to get the budget. Workers are tuned up for the house-to-house campaign for their favorite national candidates. Local politicians are straightening their alignment with national political lords. It seems that the promises made in 2010 and 2013 are now forgotten. Our supposed-to-be-leaders are now busy for the chair they will have after the May elections.
The ordinary Filipino is waiting for the good news on who will be steering the country next. We are all held on our seats and waiting for what will happen to our country in the coming years. The issue of an obscure and unclear future of Philippine education still looms. The issue of national security is still unsettled. The Mamasapano shame and the morbid Maguindanao massacre have not yet been erased from our minds. The uncertainty of the Asean 2015 is still a great monster haunting everyone in the economic world. The forthcoming “death” of the sugar industry is still just in the corner. The issues unsettled by the “beloved and blessed” Aquino administration are still very clear in the minds of Filipinos who are simply waiting and observing how the politicians fatten their pockets and their bellies.
I am very sad with the state of the nation today. The epidemic that shuts down all our senses is still alive and no antidote has been given. If we continue to breed this attitude, then for sure we will kill the future generation with our passivity and our infection.
The offering of Senior High School in the country as part of the obscure K-12 program is still in limbo. It might be clear for the framer but is still uncertain for the poor parents. We are promised subsidies but until when? We add two more years of uselessness in our public education system. We offer additional year levels without proper facilities. A pilot SHS school in the city mentioned that they need more chairs. Is this what you call fully prepared? My dear public education czar, get down from your air-conditioned office and sit in the dilapidated classrooms! K-12 will just make us cheap pawns for foreign countries. Delaying the basic education is not a solution but an opportunity for the other Asean countries to rise above us.
The re-opening of the Mamasapano case should be taken seriously. This is a political issue and will surely be used against those who did not investigate well the shameful accident. It is clear to my comical mind that the attack was done because of the reward. Why not the committee heads come out and really speak the truth. What are you afraid of? Your “boss” has to answer this until he dies and so do you who covered up the deaths of our poor SAF policemen. It would be comprehensible if they died in battle but in a raid initiated by their leader, it is then illogical and immoral. Re-open the case and tell the people.
This administration has been very busy probing graft and corruption of their “enemies” – two years for Corona; six years for Arroyo; two years for Binay; nine months for Grace Poe, and two months for Duterte. Looking at what everyone had done is nothing but to make the international community admire the things that the Aquino administration had done to protect the foreigners and not the Filipinos.
God help us.
St. Ezekiel Moreno; Sts. Pedro Calungsod and Lorenzo Ruiz; Pope St. John Paul II; Mons. John Liu and Su; Fr. Cornelio Moral, OAR and Manoy Bill; and Sir Faraon Lopez, pray for us.