While Noynoy Aquino treats us yet to another boring lip-service in today’s “celebration” of the nation’s 117th independence anniversary, China looks to occupy more of our territory in the West Philippine Sea.
If by any chance the President dares to address the issue, don’t be surprised if it delves on finger-pointing, usually to the past administration, that earned him the tag “Boy Sisi.”
Or Aquino may just exhort his yet unknown successor at Malacañang to squarely deal with the Chinese incursion, which he failed to do in the past five years.
But worse than Noynoy’s act of cowardice to protect and defend the country’s sovereignty is his insistence to bring about amendments to the 1987 Constitution.
Having his cronies in Congress push for Charter change or “Cha-cha” this week is indeed a very dramatic move to undermine the economic interest of Filipino entrepreneurs and workers.
Cha-cha is worse than giving up the Spratlys to China without a fight.
It is worse than giving up Sabah to Malaysia without a fight.
It is worse than surrendering Muslim Mindanao to the blood-thirsty separatists, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
Cha-cha, which seeks to ease restrictions on foreign ownership of land, utilities, media and schools, is much worse than the prevailing oil price deregulation.
One militant group leader is right in saying this Cha-cha, which Congress is trying to railroad, is the “worst form of betrayal” as it would sell our patrimony to foreigners.
“The rush to ease constitutional restrictions on foreign ownership is one of the biggest threats to our sovereignty and economy,” Bayan secretary-general Renato Reyes, Jr. said.
I don’t believe that allowing 100 per cent foreign ownership of land, utilities, media and schools will lead to prosperity.
Instead, it will completely subjugate Filipino’s interests to foreign corporations.
This Cha-cha train that Noynoy’s cronies are trying to railroad with less than a year left in their term is clearly ill-designed and ill-motivated.
Kababuyan na naman iyan.
What a way to celebrate Independence Day!
A govt official with a big heart
On a positive note, we’d like to take cognizance of an act of compassion shown by National Irrigation Administration director Florencio Padernal to a NIA regional office employee who suffered a stroke.
Despite the employee’s significant recovery, he is apparently left with limited physical abilities, which would have compelled him to an early retirement after many years of public service at NIA.
Needless to say, the meager benefits that he could have received if he retired would not have lasted long to support his poor family.
But when Padernal learned about his subordinate’s predicament, the director called the employee to NIA’s head office in Diliman, Quezon City.
Padernal believed that such an unfortunate event must not end the employee’s career in the government. And then, the NIA chief broke the good news to him.
The good-hearted official decided to have the employee reassigned to NIA’s main office and given duties which he can fulfil independently with his limited abilities.
Happy Independence Day!