15jul14 – More of the same? Or something better?

POSTSCRIPT / July 14, 2015 / Tuesday
 
More of the same? Or something better?
By FEDERICO D. PASCUAL JR.

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ADMINISTRATION propagandists are conditioning the public mind to accept three points: (1) President Noynoy Aquino’s performance has been exemplary, (2) his successor should continue his program, and (3) only his anointed presidential candidate can do it.

While his detractors have been presenting facts and figures to demolish the first point of claimed achievements, nobody has questioned the second point of continuity being needed and the third point that only Mr. Aquino’s chosen one can continue his program.

Lulling potential opposition candidates (e.g. senators Grace Poe and Chiz Escudero) into thinking he is still shopping around (as if DILG Secretary Mar Roxas isn’t “it” yet), President Aquino tells everybody that he is looking for a successor who would continue the program he has started.

But why should the next president merely copy and continue Mr. Aquino’s “tuwid na daan” program that is anchored mainly on his claimed honesty and incorruptibility – but which has not been translated to food, jobs, shelter and security for the masses?

Is “Clean Government” all that the Aquino administration can offer people wallowing in want since it took control in 2010? And now, near his exit, President wants his anointed one to just continue dishing out more of the same for six years after 2016?

The Filipino people deserve much more than a “tuwid na daan” distraction.

The poor and the hungry, whose number keeps growing despite direct doles by the tens of billions to make them feel cared for and momentarily contented, cannot survive over the long term on red-hot slogans and cold statistics.

Having failed to do the basic chore of preparing at least a 10-year road map to guide programs and grade performance, Mr. Aquino and his tight coterie have ended up improvising from one crisis to another.

The people, whom he tried to flatter by calling them his “boss”, are treated to amateurish, uncaring, vengeful administration. But how long can the people remain hypnotized by such catchwords and slogans as “tuwid na daan” and “walang mahirap kung walang korap”?

Whoever aspires to replace President Aquino, whichever party or coalition plots to supplant the ruling Liberal Party, will have to IMPROVE on — not to CONTINUE – his program of government and management style.

Successor to continue mismanagement?

ONE simply has to look around, listen to plain folk and monitor the social and mainstream media to know that all is not well, that it will be disastrous for the nation if the upcoming leadership will simply continue the path that Mr. Aquino has blazed while on-the-job training.

For a preview of the State of the Nation, one can simply cull from the pained complaints of Mr. Aquino’s “bosses”.

At random, we picked the recitation of a newspaper reader who had signed in as Jay Z. Bacarro. He posted a litany (which we have edited to fit space) in the paper’s electronic feedback section:

“Paano makapili ang Presidente kung sino ang ipapatakbo niya sa pagka presidente kung di pa niya alam kung paano niya sasagutin ang mga kapalpakan at katiwalian na nangyayari sa loob ng kanyang administrasyon, kagaya ng:

“•Paglustay at pagnakaw ng DAP funds (Malacañang pork barrel) na ideneklarang unconstitutional ng Supreme Court na umabot ng hindi kumulang ng P500 bilyon.

•Ang paglustay at pagnakaw ng Malampaya funds na umabot ng mahigit P150 bilyon.

•Ang pagkakaroon ng ghost beneficiaries ng Conditional Cash Transfer funds na nagkakahalaga ng mahigit P20 bilyon.

•Ang malawakang paglustay ng PDAF (legislative pork barrel), kung saan ang mga kaalyado nila ay pinagtatakpan sa imbestigasyon.

•Ang katiwalian sa maintenance contract sa MRT-3 kung saan ibinigay nila ang kontrata sa PH Trams na pag-aari ng kaalyado sa Liberal Party kung saan ay palpak ang trabaho na nagresulta sa pagbaba ng numero ng bagon na tumatakbo simula ng 73 hanggang 13 na lang ngayon. Di ba halos araw araw na ang aberya ng MRT-3?

•Ang katiwalian sa pagbili ng 21 sirang helicopters ng Department of National Defense na walang makina.

•Ang palpak na pagbili ng fighter jets ng DND na pinahihinto ng Commission on Audit (P25 bilyon).

•Ang katiwalian sa pagbili ng palpak na baril ng Philippine National Police.

•Ang payola para maipasa ang Bangsamoro Basic Law na malinaw na unconstitutional, di pinagisipang mabuti at di dinaan muna sa prior consultation sa lahat na stakeholders.

•Ang kapalpakan ng DOTC at Land Transportation Office sa pag-iisyu ng driver’s license at plate number na hanggang ngayon ay wala pang solusyon.

•Ang pagtatago ng pondo na donasyon ng ibat-ibang bansa para sa rehabilitasyon ng mga biktima ng Bagyong Yolanda (noong Nobiyembre 2013 pa!). Bakit ayaw pang gamitin ang pondo, nasaan na ito, samantalang ang mga biktima ay di pa rin nakakatanggap ng sapat na tulong?

•Ang kapalpakan ng gobyerno sa pagrehabilita ng mga biktima ng Zamboanga Siege.

•Ang kapalpakan sa pagresolba sa walang kasing tinding traffic sa Metro Manila dahil sa corruption at mismanagement5 sa MRT at LRT.

•Ang katiwalian sa importasyon ng bigas, bawang at sibuyas; at sa paghawak ng krisis sa electrisidad.

•Ang kapalpakan sa pag-aayos ng airport terminals kung saan pag umuulan ay tumutulo ang kisami kahit ginastusan na ng bilyon-bilyon.

•At higit sa lahat ang kapalpakan sa paghawak ng Mamasapano Massacre, kung saan isinakripisyo ng gobyerno ang SAF-44 para lang pagbigyan ang terroristang MILF. Saan na ang mga benepisyong ipinangako sa mga kamag-anak ng SAF-44, samantalang ang bilis ng pagbigay ng benepisyo sa mga MILF rebels kuno na nag-surrender?”

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