Were you really poor and how poor?


 In 1986, Corazon C. Aquino took over the reins of government on grand promises of a better future for our country. Six years later, she stepped down as mandated by the constitution and supported the candidacy of Fidel Ramos who acceded to power and led the nation for another six years. After Ramos came the election of Erap with the largest margin of votes since the multi-party system was adopted in the 1987 constitution. Two and a half years into his Presidency, Erap was unconstitutionally ousted and GMA became the de facto President, again, with the support of Cory and her family and the “political church.”  Nine years of GMA and 24 years since Cory came into power, where do we find the Philippines today in terms of: poverty alleviation; job availability in the domestic work-place for our workers; quality of education; human rights violations particularly against  media practitioners; peace and order; and corruption in government? Senator Aquino, Cory, Kamaganak Inc, and the rest of the yellow brigade have supported all those that have been in power since 1986 (except for the 2 1/2 years of Erap) and look where we are now? Sure, we need change but another Aquino, again, looks like more of the same. In fact, Noynoy was not even considered by HIS OWN party-mates qualified to be their veep candidate much less standard bearer until… the opportunists saw the potential of the crowd that mourned Cory’s death.  Ituloy ang laban against what and for whom? For the very few rich to get richer and the majority poor to get poorer?! Who are they trying to fool? Don’t answer that….

By now, at this stage of the campaign, one would have thought that governance and platform issues would have become more defined and taken front stage in the debates  among the presidential candidates but what has happened is the main debate between the two leading candidates involves whether one was really poor during his childhood and if so, how poor. Villar insinuated through his commercials that he could solve the problem of poverty because he had once been poor and Noynoy fell for it. Jeeez!

First of all, whether one has experienced poverty or not does not make one’s  understanding of that problem more comprehensive, much less, imbue one with the will and capability of solving it. Villar and Aquino should have listened more closely to Gibo when he put it squarely, succinctly, and intelligently in the form of an analogy: an oncologist need not have had cancer to be able to skillfully and capably treat a cancer patient. So, what’s the big deal between these two guys — wasting the time of voters arguing uselessly and endlessly about things that are irrelevant to the solutions to the country’s enormous problems such as poverty alleviation? Voters should look at how “rich” or “poor” the candidate’s performance and track record has been in public service.

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3 responses to “Were you really poor and how poor?

  1. fil benitez

    On second thought, only had that almost running on empty remark because those who are worthy are running behind and leading the pack is well, rather keep my comments to myself. Like i said, am focused up to the Senatorial level, let’s see what the next 33 days do for those running on empty and get gassed up by endorsement votes or something close to rallying for the underdog. Abangan…per the News earlier, leader up 37%, second to first 25%.6 April 2010

    • edveecruz

      On the presidential race, I keep on telling myself that there’s still time for Gibo to surge forward but if doesn’t happen in two weeks, then only a miracle will see him through; but in politics, miracles are rare. Oh, well…maybe I’ll wait with you til 2016. haha!

  2. fil benitez

    Well put old chap…am still only convinced up to the Senatorial level though have heard enough of who would do well to serve our country in the next six years. Would you accept i wait until 2016? Not really, but am tempted my friend…..

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