THE President is now known to most people as a foe of the Truth, despite the effort of the most powerful media organizations in our country, supported by international bodies and news organizations, to downplay his and his men’s daily mendacious rantings.
One silly lie BS Aquino tells every day is to say over and over again that he looks up to the Filipino people as his “Boss.” When he first told this lie in a nationally televised speech, all the media—social, broadcast and print—responded with gratitude and approval. Now, after five years of his rule, most of the people know he was just fooling—in colloquial Tagalog, “nambobola lang”—and in fact looks down on them and ignores and insults them instead of serving them and caring for their interests.
Still, some of our fellow Filipinos—even if they do know what a hypocrite BS Aquino is, how much he has betrayed the highest universal values, how many empty promises he has cynically made, how he has injured the Philippine Republic by his criminal actions and wrong-headed decisions, how he and his administration have helped make the poorest of the poor even poorer—also dishonestly express faith in his uprightness. Some, perhaps, because of their love for this unworthy president’s late parents, do not tell opinion-poll takers the truth about how disgusted they are with him.
This is the reason only one in every two Filipinos replied to the latest Veritas Truth Survey researchers that they believe BS Aquino has failed to curb corruption and is not at all treading the Daang Matuwid.
Had the Yellow Army fanatics been as honest in answering the questions as the “normal” Filipinos, the Veritas Truth Survey results would have been more damning of the generally untruthful, hypocritical and corrupt Aquino administration.
Veritas is the Roman Catholic Church-owned radio network. The latest Veritas Truth Survey was conducted in the second quarter of 2015 (April-June).
It reveals that 41 percent of Filipinos doubted whether the President has been true to his avowed Straight Path and righteous governance policy. Novaliches Bishop Emeritus Teodoro Bacani said people wonder if President Aquino’s campaign is to fight corruption or to finish off his party’s political rivals.
Only 13 percent of the Veritas Survey respondents said they believed Aquino has kept his promise to get rid of corruption in the government.
Radio Veritas President Fr. Anton Pascual, the “singing priest,” said at the press conference Thursday during which the results were announced: “The slogan of President Aquino when he was running for office was that if there were no corruption there would be no poverty, and people believed this because corruption is a social cancer.”
Massive poverty has remained, so…
But many observers have seen that massive poverty has remained, so by Aquino’s logic, his administration must just be as corrupt and even more so than previous ones.
Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo said the Veritas Truth Survey result reflects the frustration of the Filipino people. “After five years, it seems the people do not think he succeeded, so their expectations have been frustrated,” Bishop Pabillo said. He chairs the Public Affairs Committee of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).
Forty-two (42) percent of respondents find the Office of the President “moderately corrupt. Also seen as “moderately corrupt” were the Judiciary (48 percent of respondents), Cabinet secretaries (46 percent), the Office of the Vice-President (39 percent), and provincial governments (39 percent).
Respondents see both houses of Congress, the Senate (49 percent) and the House of Representatives (48 percent) as “most corrupt.”
Radio Veritas’ Head of Research Clifford Sorita said the survey had 1,200 randomly selected respondents from urban and rural areas nationwide. They were randomly picked from a stratified random sampling. The results have a plus or minus 3 percent margin of error.
Bishop Pabillo challenged President Aquino to do something about cleaning up the government in his remaining months in office. The prelate said Aquino could still produce results “if he does the work seriously.” And, Bishop Pabillo added, “He should prosecute not only his political foes but also his allies. The one who have been prosecuted are the President’s foes.”
Indeed, it’s not the opposition politicians and operators who are making hay under this president’s authoritarian regime.
Since Aquino became president in 2010, smuggling has risen 500 % so that the smuggling amount has gone up to a record high of $19 billion a year–much much more than the smuggling in previous administrations. This figures are based on International Monetary Fund trade data.
Aquino himself has admitted that smuggling has cost our country P200 billion during his term so far. But he never associates smuggling with the drugs and weapons that come in and causes the destruction of families and the escalation of criminality.
How about the deaths and injuries caused by derailments of the metro rapid transit systems, the corruption in maintenanced contracts, the failure to solve the traffic congestion problem, which are all results of corruption.
And the corrupt and mendacious handling of the peace process that caused the death of the 44 Heroes of the PNPSAF massacre by MILF and BIFF criminals?
These are but some of the reasons the Veritas Truth Survey finds BS Aquino’s Tuwid na Daan mere bola. In the words of some of his critics, Aquino’s policy is really the Tuwad na Daan.
Yet, let’s not lose hope in prayer. Let’s pray for the miracle that BS Aquino suddenly undergoes a conversion.
May God have mercy on us all.