To a large extent, the last elections and the victory of P-Noy were media driven. That should not lull PNoy into believing that his performance will be rated by how well his Communications Group handles the media, old and new. Communication is important to any administration in explaining and clarifying actions taken by the government, but it is no substitute for the consequences of those actions. President Noynoy Aquino will ultimately be judged by the people based on his administration’s efficiency in delivering basic services, the number of jobs created, and the impact of the state of the economy on the majority. While the campaign was a popularity contest, governance is what makes a difference in the lives of people.
As tiring as the recent campaign was for all the candidates, it’s still a lot easier than governing. The former only requires promises while the latter demands delivery.
The Philippines is the biggest importer of rice and shabu. Does the import of one decrease as the other increases and vice-versa? Does not Shabu curb one’s appetite? These are twin issues that affect our very survival — food security and health.
In all these years of rice importation, any conversation regarding this commodity invariably included the mention of the name of FG as being allegedly behind some of these commercial transactions. As Ninoy once famously said: “In Manila, you cannot keep anything a secret .”
The results of the Random Manual Audit of the may 10 elections of 5 clustered precincts randomly chosen per legislative district nationwide showed a 99.6% accuracy rate on the average, according to the PPCRV and the Comelec. This should put a damper on Mar Roxas’ pending protest with the Supreme Court. The protest asks for a similar audit albeit only in a few regions but involving more clustered precincts per district. Theoretically, the outcome of Mar’s audit should show a similar result to the aforementioned audit, the report of which was released July 29, 2010. But if the former Senator’s camp insists on pursuing their protest, it will not hurt anyone for them to do so. After all, it is their effort and their money that is being placed on the table and, one could say of this additional and more thorough audit, “the mar, the merrier.”
The underlying message in PNoy’s SONA that resonated with the masses is not necessarily to be found in its content but in the use of the Pilipino language in his entire speech. And that “message” was that his government will address the concerns of the man in the street or the great majority and will not be a government for the few that would have understood its content to the exclusion of most had it been spoken in English or a mix of both languages. This is P-Noy’s strength that cannot be underestimated and he should continue to use Tagalog in all his major speeches to engage the majority in his efforts at nation building. Hindi po ba?