aint enough to expose gma’s overspending and then to tell us how he’s going to streamline the system so public funds aren’t wasted or lost to corruption. aint enough to expose how much money goes into perks for lowly-paid high-government official appointees just to shame them into resigning. aint enough to run after smugglers and tax evaders.
not all the anti-corruption campaigns and the most judicious kind of public spending are going to make much difference, whether in the short run or the long term. there still won’t be enough money to address the food, education, health needs of the masses if nothing is done about our increasing population, growing by leaps and bounds, and about our economic policies that are tailored more to foreign interests than national interests. and what about our debt & payment policies, are we never going to renegotiate? are we forever prioritizing debt payments over the the well-being of millions of disenfranchised and marginalized filipinos?
prof. clarita carlos (gma7) is right. it’s not enough to choose a straight road over a crooked one. question is, where does the road lead? if his message to the cpp-npa-ndf is any indication it”s like the same road every president before him has taken: rightist road, status quo. uncle sam must so love him.
Tungkol naman po sa CPP-NPA-NDF: handa na ba kayong maglaan ng kongkretong mungkahi, sa halip na pawang batikos lamang?
batikos lang ba ang call for agrarian reform? and better pay for teachers? fair trade vs. free trade? an end to oligarchic rule?
Mahirap magsimula ang usapan habang mayroon pang amoy ng pulbura sa hangin. Nananawagan ako: huwag po natin hayaang masayang ang napakagandang pagkakataong ito upang magtipon sa ilalim ng iisang adhikain.
pulbura issues from the right too, as in the hacienda luisita massacre atbp.
Kapayapaan at katahimikan po ang pundasyon ng kaunlaran. Habang nagpapatuloy ang barilan, patuloy din ang pagkakagapos natin sa kahirapan.
it’s not as if the left rose out of nothing, and then there was kahirapan. the kahirapan was there to begin with, thanks to oligarchic rule, kaya nga dumami at lumakas ang hanay ng kaliwa.
Dapat din po nating mabatid: ito ay panahon ng sakripisyo. At ang sakripisyong ito ay magiging puhunan para sa ating kinabukasan. Kaakibat ng ating mga karapatan at kalayaan ay ang tungkulin natin sa kapwa at sa bayan.
sakripisyo nino? ng mahihirap pa rin? puro sakripisyo na nga sila. those are words better addressed to his own class, his fellow elites and landowners atbp. who refuse to share the nation’s resources.
say ni teddyboy (anc) re the speech and the new prez:
“it was an indictment. When he was talking, it was Ninoy Aquino. I was with Ninoy when he was at his most flamboyant. It was like bullets flying out of a machine gun…There was no vision, but facts.”
sorry, i don’t see the resemblance. ninoy before martial law was hot. noynoy is cold. at his wisest, after seven years seven months in jail, ninoy had a vision for the country that included the left, whom he never brushed off as a “noisy minority.” a pity that the son either seems to have no idea of it or the son chooses to ignore it. SONAkakapanghinayang.