THE foremost gift that the Holy Spirit, whose coming to the Apostles which our Holy Mother and the Mother of the Church witnessed, is the spirit of truth.
With Holy Spirit, the power to see reality almost with the eyes of God Himself, becomes possible for mere man (meaning to say men and women.)
Unfortunately, this power seems completely impossible for our de facto president, BS Aquino to acquire and therefore to wield. What he and his closest collaborators and allies are wielding is the power of untruthfulness–which is a gift not of the Holy Spirit but of the Father of Lies.
Recently, in advertising his brainstorm to possibly invite Senator Grace Poe to be his ruling Liberal Party presidential standard bearer in 2016, he said that the biggest problem that was exercising his mind was “Who will be more trustworthy to carry on the legacy that I will leave behind?”
The implication is that he does not find DILG Secretary Mar Roxas, who has been the most visible seeker of the LP nomination these past five years, to be “the most trustworthy” because otherwise there would not be a any need to worry about this problem. And he would not be publicly announcing that perhaps Grace Poe would be it.
What he does not seem to realize — and it puzzles us why some of the less mendacious and more realistic Liberal Party leaders also seem to be as oblivious to the truth as BS Aquino himself — is that he has no legacy of good achievements to leave behind.
It is all empty, hollow talk, when he and his spokesmen claim that his administration has a reform program that must continue after he leaves office.
We will take up all the major areas of governance in this space in the coming days.
Today let’s just look at his greatest claim to brilliance and excellence–our country’s economic performance.
The other day there was news that growth in the first quarter was supposed to have hit 7.3 %.
Is this a result of Aquino’s and his people’s actions? Of course not. The only good thing that can be attributed to him and his men and women officials (many of whom were also key figures in the Arroyo administration) is that they did not reverse the policy directions already started before he became president. But he can be berated for the development setback caused by his and Budget Boss Abad’s decision to cancel some important GMA regime infrastructure projects so they could amass “savings.”
If our country now has investment-grade rating from Moody’s and S&Ps, it’s a progressive and cumulative result of the good policies started during the Macapagal-Arroyo regime and the consistently increasing foreign exchange remittances of our OFWs. These remittances make our pesos one of the world’s strongest and most stable currencies and makes our central bank the possessor of an enviable foreign currency hoard.
Meanwhile, this administration is a dismal failure in reducing poverty. In attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) and in making its boasts about massive Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) come true.
And it has proved to be incompetent and laggard in affecting the economic rescue and rehabilitation of disaster ravaged areas of the country.
There is no economic-performance achievement that BS Aquino can honestly claim.