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A New Beginning, “Progress” for Sale and the Same Old Problems That Needs to be Addressed

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A New Beginning?

With only hours leading to the inauguration of President Elect Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, the emotions of the Filipino people are on its peak again. The same kind of emotion that steered the Aquino candidacy during the campaign period. The expectations are high, considering all the ear-candy promises that P-Noy gave out during the campaign period, “Kung Walang Corrupt, Walang Mahirap” “Daan sa Landas na Matuwid” are among some of those ear-candies that P-Noy said during the height of his campaign.

Most people that I have talked with compared P-Noy’s run at the Presidency to Barack Obama’s run in the States. After all, both are taking over an administration that’s tainted with lies, corruption and distrust, both are charismatic leaders that almost had a clean slate in their previous political run and the biggest similarity that I could see is the fact that their campaigns were steered by the emotion of the people. Again, the term emotion.

When the Aquino Administration part deux  begins in a couple of hours, expect that flame of the emotions to fan out. At the end of the day, we’re still living with the same set of problems, facing the same old politicians in the local government, 27 million Filipinos are still starving and millions of Filipinos are still unemployed. Now here are the challenges that I’ll be bringing up to the Filipino people and to the Aquino administration..

1) Will we be patient enough to give P-Noy a chance to work out the present problems little by little? Or will the same people who were shouting “Noynoy! Noynoy!” during the campaign period be the first ones to complain if Noy fails to address the problems in the country in the first year or two of his administration?

2) Will P-Noy step up to the plate and face the increasing problems of our country without having to think about the interests of the people around him and his family? Or will he continue his Obama similarity by becoming a person who came short to his ear-candies and “emotion” filled campaign?

As for me, I want to remain as optimistic as possible, I did not support President Aquino during the elections but as I’ve said, the only thing we can do now is to respect the voice of the majority of the Filipino people and support the incoming president. I hope P-Noy would run his campaign through accountability and transparency, as what he promised during the pre-elections period.

The emotions are about to hit the floor, the smoke is about to clear out, now’s the time to prove that the majority Filipino people made the right choice.

Progress for sale

“Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?” Remember that line? That was the coined by the Joker in the 1989 Batman film. What’s it relevance? Read on.

For 9 years, the Filipinos have been dancing with the Devil in the pale moonlight. For 9 years, we’ve been dancing to the tune that is being played by the people who was controlling the music box all along. For 9 years, most people have been led to believe that there’s actually “progress” that’s happening here in our country.

Progress? Progress my ass.

While it’s nice to see a new train here, and a nice new highway there..  all of those things are basically a cover up mechanism that the outgoing administration has fed us for the past couple of years. And it’s sad that some of the Filipinos are actually buying that bullshit that they’ve been feeding us for years now.

However, we must not forget the fact that behind those shiny new things are the same old crooked people that has gained ten-folds more than what they should be getting. To be honest with you, we are getting crumbs of what we really deserve. We are getting the left-overs or in layman’s term “Mumu”. Making a nice new highway is good but what about the people living beside that nice new highway? Making a new railroad is very convenient but what about the beggars desperately begging for money on the stairs of it? What about the farmers, the fishermen and all the other people who can’t even taste the fruits of their own labors?

Progress? Yeah, Progress. It’s actually for sale, are you buying?

Marginalized,  personalized

Last weekend, I was lucky to be a part of an outreach team that gave out goods in the mountains of Pililla, Rizal. What I saw is something that you won’t see in the “Infomercials” of PGMA’s achievements. It is something that you won’t often see in the news shows or in your own local news paper. It is the face of poverty.. squared.

I am familiar to poverty. I am familiar to seeing people beg for food, for money and for drinks. I am familiar to seeing people sleep and live in the sidewalks but what I saw there was something different. It is something that I hope the new administration would be focusing on in the next 6 years.

What I saw there was the real definition of marginalized. People without voices to the public, people who are literally unnoticed, people with limited access to their physical, intellectual and spiritual needs. While it’s nice to give out goods every once and a while to them, it’s a short term solution. What these people need are solutions in the long run, and ordinary citizens like me and the rest of the group cannot do this alone. We also need the government to take a stand on this.

We need all the help we can get to help not only those people in Pililla but to all those people who are currently facing the same situation all over the Philippines. They are the people that needs help, they are the people that should be given focus by the government and until the problems of those people are addressed, then the so-called progress that the outgoing administration has stated and the incoming administration has promised is yet to be reached.


Written by bassman500

June 30, 2010 at 12:01 AM

Posted in Political, Social

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  1. i totally agree with the posit that the new administration will be inheriting a host of problems and that it will entail a lot of honest to goodness political heaving to get things right. to compare him though to obama this early, as his inauguration is in progress, would be premature. i can’t wait to see what this admin can do.


    June 30, 2010 at 12:08 PM

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