THE whole country is waiting for President BS Aquino The Last to make good his promise in 2013 to be run over by a train together with DOTC Secretary Joseph Abaya if he could not extend the LRT to Cavite by the end of 2015.
Well, tomorrow is the last day of 2015 and the completion of the LRT extension project to Cavite is evidently a “mission impossible.” So, if Malacañang values the President’s credibility, it should now name the LRT station where he and Abaya will be jumping under a train.
The word of BS Aquino on the LRT extension is not to be taken lightly because he even cited the teachings of his late father and namesake to always value his word. He intoned that with his father’s teachings as his guide, he will be true to his word that the LRT extension to Cavite will be finished by year-end 2015 or else he and Abaya would jump under a train or, as he said in Pilipino, “magpapasagasa sa tren.”
BS Aquino The Last never tires of invoking his parents’ name to bolster his credibility and determination. He won in 2010 because of the death of his late mother. Here and abroad, he always gives high praises to his parents and their contributions to the country. He truly portrays himself as a dutiful son.
But what if he has been using his parents’ name in vain? We’ll know tomorrow. If he can’t follow the teachings of his father to be always true to his word, the inevitable conclusion is that his words can’t be trusted and that he has never really imbibed the teachings of his father.
In such a situation, the description of Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago of BS Aquino when he was still a congressman will ring true: “He’s a sorry excuse of a scion of a great man…”
Oh yes, the President once lectured media to write only stories that will bring hope to the people. Well, here’s one sentence of hope that will bring cheers to the populace: The President will stop messing up the country after six months.
More on the steel industry
A dear friend, Rolly Narciso, gave added info on the move to revive the steel industry that I mentioned in my column on Duterte.
Rolly said that the Department of Trade and Industry has developed 30 sectoral roadmaps, including the steel industry in the last three years “for an orderly development toward inclusive growth.” He added that the Asean integration was supposed to infuse a sense of urgency in implementing them.
“But, the way things turned out, signification action on these roadmaps may have to await the arrival of the next president — whoever he or she may be,” he said.
Gatchalian’s bill on parking space
The bill of Rep. Win Gatchalian (NPC, Valenzuela City) requiring buyers of brand new cars to have available parking space for the new vehicles deserve immediate action.
Gatchalian, one of two NPC candidates for senator (the other is reelectionist Tito Sotto), said that the road condition in Metro Manila is worsened by idle vehicles parked on the sides of the streets, thus hampering the flow of traffic.
At present, a car may be bought by anybody who can afford it, even if he has no private parking space for it. Fewer cars will be on the road if only those with parking space could be bought and registered. I hope Congress will find time to act on Gatchalian’s bill. It’s often stressed that the bad traffic has cost the economy billions of pesos a year in lost productivity, fuel wastage and pollution.
Incidentally, it seems Gatchalian is following the example set by former Sen. Edgardo J. Angara in concentrating on education. This also holds true with Pasig City Rep. Roman Romulo, who’s also running for senator. I wonder if this espousal of educational reforms is responsible for Catchalian’s inclusion in the list of 13 senatorial candidates with a chance to win as per Pulse Asia survey.
Recently, Romulo, chair of the House Committee on Higher and Technical Education, approved Gatchalian’s bill that seeks to fully subsidize the tuition fees of an estimated 2 million undergrad students of over 100 state universities and colleges in the country.