Vol. 1 Issue 5, May 2016
Time to heal
After almost a year of turbulent campaigning, unfathomable and shameless personal bickering between and among the opposing candidates especially for those who were vying for the top two public office, it is now time to heal the wounds. Heal an ailing nation!
Elections after elections have changed leadership particularly in the executive branch of government. Each administration has exerted different styles of management. Each past president has boasted accomplishments. We expect outgoing Benigno S. Aquino III to do the same when his term ends on June 30.
Recent reports reveal that the Philippines was the fastest growing economy in the first quarter of 2016 when it registered 6.9 percent growth rate. Aquino will certainly touch on this positive development along with the fruits of his centerpiece |Daang Matuwid program such as the 4Ps or Pantawid sa Pamilyang Pilipino Program. But whether or not it has an impact in the lives of ordinary Filipino folks will always be a big question.
In the meantime, we take a moment to reflect on what we expect as we welcome a new president. Rodrigo Duterte, a former mayor of a city considered as a model of excellent management in peace and order, inherited a huge socio-economic and political problems. A lawyer by profession before becoming the chief executive of Davao City, he wants to use his leadership experience to transform the Republic into a nation free of graft and corruption, end criminality and illegal drugs, end insurgency by offering peace with National Democratic Front/New People’s Army/Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the moro rebels in Mindanao — MILF, MNLF, BIFF etc. He also wants to eradicate the banditry Abbu-Sayyaf Group.
Massive poverty remains in the countryside and even in the cities. Unemployment is a big issue. Criminality is rampant. Duterte promised to end all these in a short span of time, though, he said he needs all sectors to contribute in making this a reality. Three to six months, of course, is not enough. It was just part of the usual demagoguery in election campaigns.
The recent political exercise has once again divided us as a people. Some losers cannot accept defeat. Here and there, massive vote-buying is reported. It has become the main ingredient in our present election system. It insults us. It stabs the heart. This must be stopped. We need a leader who can overhaul the whole electoral process. Can Duterte make good of his promises? Is he serious with his advocacy for federalism? It remains to be seen.
The election is over and whether we like it or not, we have a new president, a new leader who is offering us with hopes and promises. Let us just hope that those are not false promises.
Let us give peace a chance. Let us do our share in combating criminality and the drug menace. It is Duterte’s responsibility to be a better and stronger leader and it is also our responsibility to be a good citizen because it is our responsibility to give our children a better future.
In the local scene, let us give our full support to the winners when they discharge their duties as public officials. Push them to work when they don’t deliver. But for now, CONGRATULATIONS to all!