President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Thursday warned that bombers in Mindanao “will be dealt with depth, brunt, and full force of the law.”
Mr. Aquino’s strong message was not only meant to scare the bombers, believed to be members of a terrorist group, but also to reassure the panicky populace.
PNoy is the third Chief Executive of the land to issue such a stern warning, after Joseph Estrada and Gloria Arroyo during their terms.
Erap and GMA issued almost the same kind of statement against the Abu Sayaff terror group in Basilan and Sulu.
However, the two have long been gone from power but the Abu Sayaff is still much alive and continues to sow terror in Mindanao.
Fighting terror needs good intelligence network and millions of pesos, which our country does not have.
So, how in the world will this administration hunt and arrest these bombers when it does not have the resources?
Easier said than done Mr. President.
New homes for informal settlers will not solve metro congestion.
This government thinks its has found the key to address the problem of informal settlers living near esteros and waterways in the metropolis.
Aside from giving each family a brand new house in a nearby province and cash grants of up to P18,000, beneficiaries are also automatically enrollment in the conditional cash transfer program or CCT of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
Hundreds of families have accepted the offer of the government.
But the question lingers. What really attracts people from the rural areas to flock to the metropolis and choose to live in shanties along esteros without even the assurance of a better life?
The answer lies in poor municipalities where livelihood is scarce.
Families who lived in the slums of Metro Manila before but were relocated by the previous administration in nearby provinces end up again as informal settlers in the national capital region.
The reason? There’s no work or income for them in the relocation sites.
Unless the government establishes livelihood programs not only in relocation sites but in poor municipalities across the land, the problem on informal dwellings in the NCR will persist.
A very modest man
Me and my family were at NAIA 2 Friday night on our way to Hong Kong when a man in his late 50’s or early 60’s tapped my shoulder and said “idol.”
The guy was in plain black shirt, black denim pants, and flip-flops and was busy supervising the ongoing renovation of the terminal’s business class lounge when he spotted me.
It was Ramon Ang, the president of Philippine Airlines and chief executive officer of San Miguel Corp.
Who would have thought that the head honcho of two of the largest corporations in the country will be supervising carpenters on a holiday?
However, those who know Ang well said he is really like that. He has his feet firmly planted on the ground.
No wonder Ang is so successful.