Tell it to SunStar: Wrong priority of purpose

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By Reni M. Valenzuela

Philippines or China? You choose.

“They could buy locally-made (jeepneys) or from Japan or China or whichever country. The cooperatives would prevail when it comes to choosing, not the government,” said Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board Chairman Teofilo Gadiz III on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2024, vis-a-vis the PUV (Public Utility Vehicle) modernization program.

But why make it just a “choice” for the cooperatives or drivers and operators? Why not instead make it a requirement for them to buy from local manufacturers? What is wrong if he (or they) will treat the matter as an imperative one if it would result in invigorating our own economy (not others) and feeding more Filipinos (not Chinese)? That is wisdom, not dictation. Or, could it be that they are showing modest signs of tempering their greed? Never ever buy anything to sell — your soul.

Everything is being done in the name of convenience and expediency, so it seems. It is the same, old, rotten ways of the government, past and present — no different from “indiscriminate killings” of local livelihoods — or importations of rice, vegetables, fish, meats, fruits, sugar, onion, garlic and other agricultural products — notwithstanding the fact that we are an agricultural country (alas, or funny). Foolish.

And, worse, corruption or massive thefts are parts and parcels of it all. So sad. Lamentably pathetic.

By the way, don’t Filipinos already have enough reasons not to patronize (or boycott) everything that is China, given its increasing bullying and aggressions and invasion of almost the entire West Philippine Sea? It has to start with the government for sure. But why purchase “jeepneys” or minibuses from China to “modernize” us when its leaders are far from being civilized, and they don’t treat our government and people as civilized — aside from their daylight, brazen robbery of our maritime territories?

Moreover, why let (oddly) our power grid continue to be controlled by the Chinese through the China-dominated NGCP? For national security reasons, it shouldn’t be, much less at this most critical time. The transmissions (or transmission service) should be fully owned and operated by Filipinos. Black out. And watch out: ACDC (attack and collect, defend and collect) doesn’t only exist in the media, but in the halls of power as well. Corrupt “public servants.” Unwanted. Nauseous.

I agree with you, dear Mr. President, when you lately said “Paradigm shift.” Yes, indeed, it is what we needed in the past, and what we badly need at this juncture — in the government, as one people and a struggling nation. Paradigm shift, not Paradigm s**t.

Wrong priority of purpose.

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