Halfway thru his six-year term, President Benigno Simeon (BS) Aquino 3rd has convinced all and sundry that he truly loves the poor. He loves them so much that he has created more poor Pinoys in just three years!
I consider this administration’s feat of increasing the number of poor Filipinos miraculous. The administration increased Philhealth coverage from 62 percent in 2010 to 85 percent in 2012. It also greatly increased the budget for the pro-poor Conditional Cash Transfer program—from P10 billion in 2010 to P21 billion in 2011, P34 billion in 2012, and P45 billion in 2013.
With such programs, there should have been fewer poor today and yet, the opposite is true. That’s why I consider the increase in poverty incidence in the country today nothing short of miraculous. And how did BS Aquino accomplish this marvelous feat?
Well, his formula is no secret: Walang mahirap kung walang corrupt. (Nobody’s poor if nobody’s corrupt.)
BS Aquino made sure that more Filipinos would be mired in poverty during his watch by raising the unemployment rate. What’s more remarkable is that the Philippine economy grew thru these brilliant stratagems. Miracles will never cease under this administration!
The people, majority of whom are poor, are reciprocating the love showered upon them by the President. As per surveys, BS Aquino has the highest approval rating ever enjoyed by a president. Jobless growth and creating more widespread poverty are really reaping dividends for him. How can anyone argue against success?
The President has also convinced everybody that he’s a man of vision. A few months ago, he was picking a fight with China and declared that Filipinos were willing to defend their territory to the last man. And with what will Pinoys defend their territory? Why, with warships that will be delivered in 2016! Now, if that’s not being forward-looking, then I don’t know what is.
Sen. Tito Sotto, true to his nature, proposed that BS Aquino convoke the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) to map out the administration’s legislative program for the incoming 16th Congress. BS Aquino, true to his nature, rejected the proposal. This will merely give the President added work.
Legislation is the primary job of Congress. Lawmakers should be allowed to do their work unimpeded, although they should not mind getting gentle nudge from Malacanang on issues like the Reproductive Health bill and the impeachment of Chief Justice Renate Corona. If BS Aquino doesn’t want to join hands with lawmakers in formulating a legislative program, then why did he urge the electorate to vote for Team PNoy? Search me. That’s why I said wonders never cease under the administration of BS Aquino.
News reports thru the years:
“President Benigno Simeon Aquino 3rd fired the head of PAGAaSA for failing to give an accurate prediction of the path of a typhoon.”
“President Benigno Simeon Aquino defends Undersecretary Rico Puno, saying he is entitled to due process.”
“President Benigno Simeon Aquino 3rd says the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao should be headed by an officer-in-charge with no ambition of running for ARMM governor.”
“President Benigno Simeon Aquino 3rd endorses OIC Gov. Mujiv Hattaman as administration candidate for ARMM governor.”
“President Benigno Simeon Aquino 3rd has lauded the faster assistance given to calamity victims under his administration.”
“Deputy Presidential Spokesman said President Benigno Simeon Aquino was not responsible for any inquiry into the ‘Sex for Fly’ scandal.”
“Malacanang said President Benigno Simeon Aquino 3rd was not to blame for the slow implementation of overseas development assistance.”
What can I say about these reports? Why, they’re a lot of BS!
Hey, did I say “a lot of BS?” I’m sorry. I take that back. The fact is, there is only one BS in the world and he’s our president. Aren’t we lucky?
Town mate honored
I feel proud that a town mate from Lupao, Nueva Ecija, Jose (a carelessly written Malacañang release gave his name as “Antonio”) Galvez was one of the honorees at the 50th anniversary of the National Irrigation Administration. Joe or Peping as we call him was a former NIA administrator and the very first Filipino to hold a PhD in Hydraulics Engineering. He handled the Pantabangan hydroelectric project before being named NIA head.
Peping is among the distinguished sons of Lupao that included former San Beda Law Dean Virgilio Jara, a classmate of Sen. Rene Saguisag and a Bar topnotcher like Rene, and Manong Noli Jara, the first journalist from our town. The late Gov. Juan Chioco, a member of the Cabinet of President Carlos P. Garcia, was also a town mate. His family donated the campus for our public high school that now proudly bears the name of his widow, Dona Juana.