Almost 30 years since the 1986 “People’s Power” installed Cory Aquino as President and less than six months left of Noynoy’s six-year term, the quality of life in the country has barely improved.
I’m afraid two days of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit is going to change anything anytime soon, even as Noynoy echoes his 2010 promise of reforms.
Anyway, Noynoy and Barack Obama have used what was supposedly an economic and business forum to pile on the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) issue in the presence of Chinese President Xi Jinping.
What toknoy wouldn’t be tickled by the US President’s pledge of $79 million additional military aid to the Philippines, including one retired US warship and a long-haul patrol ship?
Obama, who like Noynoy has suffered drastic drops in performance ratings, has reaffirmed an “iron-clad” US commitment to defend the Philippines from foreign aggression.
Despite the participation of the top leaders of 22 or so countries, the handling of the event has turned out to be another big blunder for this elitist and repressive administration.
As I’ve said, we ought to be a proud host to the APEC summit of world leaders but not in a way that highlights our “subservient mentality” to the extent that the government treats its own people as second-class citizens.
Para kanino ba ang APEC na yan, sa kapakinabangan na naman ng pinakamayayaman na negosyante at kumpanya sa bansa?
At, siyempre, sa mga opisyal ng pamahalaan na hahawak ng dagdag-utang ng bansa!
Enough of this hypocritical charade that discriminates and alienates the Filipino people, instead of addressing their dire needs.
Five lawmakers know better
It’s preposterous, in the first place, to think that some foreigner gave birth to a baby girl, and abandoned the little one at a holy water font inside the Iloilo Metropolitan Cathedral.
What compelling reason would make “both” foreigner parents agree to give away their child in such manner?
A more common case is when a mother abandons her newly-born child due to poverty or due to fact that the child was born out of wedlock. In either case, it is likely that the mother or the father is a Filipino.
It’s absurd, too, to believe that not one soul, apart from the unwilling mother, did not know about such pregnancy and birth taking place some 47 years ago in a crowded city.
Somebody or some people must have known something or must have told others about the circumstances surrounding the birth of one beautiful girl, who has grown to become one great public servant.
But whoever the biological parents were and why they parted with the child is no longer important, as far as the general public is concerned.
Though interesting, it is really none of our business and has nothing to do with Senator Grace Poe’s aspiration to serve the nation’s next Chief Executive.
The issue of citizenship should have never been raised, which is as malicious as questioning her residency two and a half years since she topped the 2013 senatorial election.
Such issues were never raised until after Poe rejected both bids from Noynoy and Vice President Jojo Binay to run under their respective party’s banner.
Kudos to the five honorable senators in the Senate Election Tribunal, who understand the intent of the Law better than the four other members of the tribunal.
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