Finished or not finished, pass your papers!

My teacher used to shout “finished or not finished, pass your papers” as we hurriedly tried to cram in answers to questions during written exams in grade school.  The same situation awaits President Aquino come June 2016.  There will always be unfinished tasks and unfulfilled promises in a politician’s term but eighteen (18) long months away there is still time to act before the final bell rings.

noynoy_aquinoPresident Aquino has inspired many with his honesty and sincere desire to rid the government of corruption.  It is only during his term that a Supreme Court Chief Justice was impeached and erring Senators were jailed.  He gets an A+ for his “Tuwid na Daan” crusade.

There are however major infrastructure issues that he should address (or at the least lay the groundwork for) before his term ends.

#1 NAIA, my favorite pet peeve and one of the world’s worst airports

I went through NAIA last November on my way home.  I could not help but stare at the P550 passenger service charge receipt I had when I was seated on the plane.  I do not remember ever paying such a fee at any airport I have been to.  (My company’s expense reporting system does not even have an item for such an expense!)  How in the world can the NAIA airport collect $12 and still be ranked as one of the worst airport’s in the world?

Our international airports are used by at least 15 million passengers (half of them OFWs) yearly.  15 million multiplied by $12 is a whopping $180,000,000 per year.  Where in the world does the money go?  There is something obscenely wrong here.  (The airport service fee has been levied on every airport passenger for more than 25 years!)

NAIA bears the president’s father’s name.  On behalf of the OFW’s, Mr. President please have a concrete plan (not just face-lifts or structural improvements at NAIA 1) to address the situation.

#2 A Looming Power Crisis

A friend who lives in Angeles City has readied a generator just in case there is a recurrence of the circa 1990s power outages.  The former energy secretary was apprised of the looming shortage of power as early as 2010.  Again, there does not seem to be a concrete plan to address the energy situation.  This issue has wide repercussions on our surging services industry.  The emergency powers that the president now seeks to address in addressing the power crisis would not be necessary had the issue been addressed and acted on early in his term.

#3 Broad Band

It has been some years since the ZTE broad band controversy. There does not seem to be an alternative proposal to address the poor state of the government’s IT infrastructure.  This is not only primordial for global competitiveness, it is needed for operational efficiency and a means to improve services to the “bossing’s” (a.k.a. Filipino people).

Bonus Points (to be earned if time permits)

Please review the performance of the people tasked with alleviating the plight of the Yolanda victims.  Let us measure the results delivered by governement agencies and develop a system for addressing future calamities.

Some say that 6 years is too long for a bad president and a bit short for a good president.  You have been good Mr. President, but as in grade school “finished or not finished you have to pass your papers” (by June 2016)!

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The author visits his family and friends in the Philippines every year.  He plans to retire in the Philippines.

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The author visits his family and friends in the Philippines every year.  He plans to retire in the Philippines.

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Ilda
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President Aquino has inspired many with his honesty and sincere desire to rid the government of corruption. It is only during his term that a Supreme Court Chief Justice was impeached and erring Senators were jailed. He gets an A+ for his “Tuwid na Daan” crusade. I’m sorry but I have to ask, what is your basis in saying he is honest and sincere in his desire to get rid of corruption in government? If he was really “honest” and “sincere”, he would have fired his budget secretary Abad when he got implicated in the pork barrel scam and DAP.… Read more »
Chrissie
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Thanks for setting the record straight, Ilda!

Soy Lagman
Guest

The DAP maneuver was the administration’s clever way of collecting and appropriating unspent government budgets for development projects. It capitalized on a glitch in the budgeting system but was ruled unconstitutional and is now not practiced by the administration. There were no instances of corruption found and no graft cases filed.
In the impeachment of Chief Justice Corona there is no credible evidence (just allegations by the opposition) hat the President used taxpayers money to push for the impeachment.

Ilda
Admin

@Soy

You didn’t answer my question. What is your basis in saying PNoy is “honest” and “sincere” in getting rid of corruption?

As to DAP, Benign0 was kind enough to link my article explaining why it is wrong on so many levels. Just click on the link he provided.

Oh c’mon…Corona was impeached because he filed incorrect SALN. Meanwhile some senators who found Corona guilty committed worse crimes than what he was accused of. I wrote about that previously:

Some senators who found Corona guilty committed worse crimes than what he was accused of

Johnny Saint
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Soy, You need to get the facts right. The money that the administration funneled into DAP (and its predecessor, the PDAF) was supposedly aggregated from ‘savings’ in the national budget. What happened in 2011 when this horrifying plunder scheme was set in motion was that funding for several public works projects (initiated by the Arroyo administration) were cancelled for no apparent reason. The funds that were NOT used as a result of these arbitrary cancellations were declared ‘savings’ and pooled into a massive, unaccountable fund under the control of Penoy Aquino. This is NOT a ‘glitch’ as you call it;… Read more »
benign0
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@Soy: However, absence of evidence of criminality is not proof of absence of criminality. Pork barrel politics have been around for decades and the source of the funds that underlie this dynamic originates from the Executive office. If President BS Aquino were truly serious about instituting change at the most fundamental levels, then he should have been serious from the very start about removing the root source of the cancer that is behind the dysfunctional way Philippine Congress behaves. Legislators should have no part and no association with any system that governs the disbursement of funds originating from the Executive… Read more »
Add
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Exactly, Ilda. Pinoy is honest? Preposterous!!! The critter may not have pocketed public money because he happens to be already rich, or a brat not running for re-election. But, for heaven sake, can we not see he also has a corrupt mentality totally ingrained in him. Time and time again, he has shown that if they are not watched that he will spend the public money any way he wants, ignoring budgetary rules and laws. That is why the corrupt culture in government persist because we don’t even look at the psychological make-up of these people. Are our standards really… Read more »
smitsforn
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u know jack,must be from lsgh.

FRED MERTZ
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Corona should have been convicted of bribery in the PAL case BUT it was dropped from the impeachment complaint. It was the only count in the original complaint that could have, and would have, sent him to jail. The S.C. would have been forced to re-instate the original decision and the workers would have gotten their jobs back,pension benefits and all. This in itself should be an very good indicator that the entire gov’t. is in cahoots with each other and that these ridiculous ‘proceedings'(blue-ribbon commitees and impeachment trials LMAO !) are just political theatre designed to convince the feeble… Read more »
Gogs
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You are giving him an A+? Makes me question what you absorbed from your teacher. No evidence? Guess you bought this explanation from Drilon hook line and sinker. http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/496009/drilon-confirms-p50m-pork-barrel Horay for Noynoy who always defends his allies and condemns his opponents. Who always lets the system runs it course. Where have you been all my life to illuminate my distorted view?? If you weren’t expecting pushback from the audience of this site then the more you should demand a refund from your teacher .

Jim DiGriz
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Wow, I’m almost speechless after reading this time-waster.

That coconut has in no way improved this country. He has actually done the opposite. The Philippines has lost 6 years in which things could have been done, but weren’t. Poverty and crime have gone up while traffic in Manila is nearly collapsing. Billions upon billions have been stolen and no one has been held accountable. Mentioning the Chief Justice is laughable. That was nothing but a personal vendetta. As if anyone has been convicted… Give me a fucking break!

Gogs
Member

Back in the early 80s one of the first adult movies I ever saw went like this. Student gets an F. Goes to her teacher then one thing leads to another. While they are still in the process of one of one those things, the student hands the teacher the test back and he scribbles (somehow) “A+”. You are entitled to your opinion that Aquino’s “Tuwid Daan Crusade” deserves an A+ but then again so did that teacher giving out that grade. I also wonder which one of the two required more thought.

benign0
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Nobody here is necessarily absolving Corona of any wrongdoing in the overall scheme of things. What was originally questioned about his impeachment was the manner with which it was conducted. The prosecution clearly displayed an astounding level of blatant incompetence and dishonesty which offended the legal sensibilities of Enrile himself who, as Senate President at the time, presided over the hearings. Much of the evidence presented by the prosecution was obtained illegally, downright false, or inaccurately organised or interpreted. You wonder, in fact, why that same amount of resourcesand energy that BS Aquino threw into the effort to impeach Corona… Read more »
FRED MERTZ
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it was proven at the trial that Corona was the recipient of $100,000.00 to his personal back accounts (that were exposed for all to see by the Woman who held the ‘Ombudsman’ job at the time of the trial)between the time of the 1st PAL decision and the S.C.’s 2nd decision that was handed down less tan 6 weeks after the 1st decision and completely reversed the 1st decision and fucked the PAL employee’s. The fact that the initial complaint was amended and dropped the part of the complaint concerning the PAL employee’s and the bribe accepting that clearly exposed… Read more »
Ilda
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@Gerry or FRED MERTZ

Please provide us with the link to any article supporting your claim. Thank you.

Frank N Stein
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@ Ilda, silly young Lady, go watch the Ombudsmans testimony at the trial.I know what I saw and the wrath and damnation with which it was presented by Ms. Guiterrez,the ombudsman at the time, made it seen like she wished that part of the complaint(the PAL part)had not been dropped and that she truly believed (as should any believer in juris-prudence)Corona was and is a disgrace to the Supreme court of the country and belongs in prison. If you think I have the original documents that were ‘EXcel’-ed onto the screen in the court that day, well sorry, ain’t got… Read more »
Yoshikage Kira
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If someone here is silly, it’s YOU, son. And your lack of intelligence is showing it. Just another EMOtard lurking around.

Soy
Guest

Let us focus on what the article wishes to draw attention to – The major infrastructure projects that need urgent attention in the last 18 months of the present administration.

Ilda
Admin

@Soy

No, your article included Corona’s impeachment as PNoy’s major accomplishment and if you take that away from the equation, he hasn’t accomplished anything significant at all.

Corona’s impeachment only proved that members of congress can be bought using taxpayer’s money. It exposed the padrino system – a system that has existed even before PNoy was voted into office but is still being practiced today. So obviously, all the other things that you wish PNoy would accomplish before he steps down will never be done as long as the padrino system is in place.

Frank N Stein
Guest

@ Ilda ,you still do not seem to understand that the entire proceeding was a charade.Done in its entirety to divert attention away from the real criminality that was taking place at the time.

You prove the old saying quite aptly:”You can lead a horse to water but you can not make the horse drink.”.

Yoshikage Kira
Guest

And it seems you never understand that the whole impeachment trial is a total joke.

Son….

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAKG-kbKeIo

you just went FULL RETARD with what you wrote.

Gogs
Member

How about the 57 months he has already “served”. Characterized by ” me me now now!” baby like cries. He has never met an opposing point of view with dignity. His first fifty years of life he did nothing exemplary. Then his mom died. Only the Walter Mitty’s of the world can one go from a blank resume to “A+” corruption fighter. Your words not mine. You did know the website you were contributing to right Soy??

Ilda
Admin
How can anyone give BS Aquino an A+ in fighting corruption when his administration is considered by some as one of and even the most corrupt government in Philippine history? “Patronage politics is quite rampant in the current administration as it is. This is evident in the way President Benigno Simeon (BS) Aquino 3rd quickly absolves cabinet members when they get embroiled in controversies and when they get accused of corrupt activities. To be sure, accusations of nepotism, favoritism and selective justice have been hounding BS Aquino since Day One of his term. Lately, BS Aquino has become so blatant… Read more »
Don Timbol
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A Noytard publishing an article at GRP? Now that’s new.

Gogs
Member

Noytards entitled to their opinion. They just wilt when it is scrutinized.

jarvis
Guest

why is that unimaginable? because GRP is a pro-marcos website?

Gogs
Member

What a lame ass comment. Show the links dickweed. I have written over a hundred so show me one where I glorify Marcos since you are so convinced . But you won’t since you are as limp wristed as your idol Noynoy. Always Gloria’s fault but never blames himself since he never had responsibility before the age of 50. Here is sone advice. Don’t rally behind a pansy.

jarvis
Guest

Still didn’t answer why a PNoy supporter should not write for GRP.

Gogs
Member

Why should I answer your question Charles Nelson Reilly? You accused us of being something we are not since you are so distraught over your idol being attacked. I asked for proof and of course there us none since you lie like your idol.

FRED MERTZ
Guest
@ Gogs, Go get him ,GOGS !!! Ha, as laughable as that comment is and what a Horse’s arse the guy who wrote it is, the fact that ‘it was GMA’s fault’ is soooo ironic. The real deal is: The countries so called ‘elite’ are all in on the goings on inside the gov’t. & business.The entire system is rigged for the absolute benefit of the ‘elite’ through the Kleptocracy that is the entire Government and the GOCC’s. The old ‘he said/she said’ argument is actually true, in a very twisted and convoluted way so as to make choosing sides… Read more »
jarvis
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@FRED “Go get him”? what are you? a cheerleader? anyway COGS, I asked a question whether this is a pro-marcos website. I didn’t “accuse” anyone like you put it. You make it too easy for trolls (not that I am one) to rile you up with a few strokes of the keyboard. Lighten up jeez.

Gogs
Member

Still waiting for links proving this is a pro Marcos website you fembot. Like your idol. All accusations no substance . So just make up for it in bribes.

domo
Guest

Probably this A.I. of Iron Man is being infected with a virus again Gogs. A yellow virus that is.

jarvis
Guest

oh, how are you Domo aka Mr. “I don’t really have an argument, I just hate people who don’t hate PNoy”.

Gogs
Member

As usual “Jarvis” who can’t back up an accusation just doing shotgun insults. Then again Jarvis idolizes someone who is no stranger to “backing up”. Still waiting for my one post in a hundred who you rump wipe. The one post that proves that this is a Marcos site. Oh I forgot you are “backed up” with your idol.

domo
Guest

Oh what’s wrong corrupted A.I.? Still thinking that your “god” panot is superior while ignoring the fact that he is an mentally retarded, incompetent douche? Or are you really programmed to always say those hallelujahs you hack?

Frank N Stein
Guest

@ Jarvis, No ,not a cheerleader, more like one of the rabble in the crowd that screams for the head of the accused as he is led to the noose.

ChinoF
Member

While the three issues raised are valid, for me, they point to Aquino actually being remiss and actually doing little to solve them. Aquino had four years, he instead focused attention on political enemies (ousting Corona, which isn’t an achievement at all). He certainly isn’t honest if he lied about JICA suggesting that Tacloban airport be moved to Palo.

He gets an F from me.

Chris
Guest

What a waste of time reading this article and to say that BS Aquino is an honest person? You’re crazy!!

Hyden Toro56pl
Guest

The YellowTard author: Soy Lagman is Ricky Carandang…he ingested a few “Shabu”; when he wrote this article for his Boss:Aquino. Both were in “Cloud Yellow”,during that time. Having a “Jaundiced” view of Reality on Aquino’s accomplishments as President of this “Coconut Republic”…

Critical Thinker
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I’m very impressed with the GRP community because this article was allowed to be published. If we are to have a truly open forum to discuss, we have to allow those who are outside the website’s worldview to have a voice, even if we disagree with their views. Cheers to a healthy discussion with regular, and hopefully to infrequent visitors who find their way here.

benign0
Admin

Thanks. All views are welcome here. Our only requirement is that authors be prepared and able to defend their position with intelligent arguments under scrutiny and critical evaluation of the commenting community.

President Aguinaldo
Guest

…not to mention the bashing from some elitists who calls people retards just because they have a different opinion.

francisco santos jr
Guest

You said “finish or unfinished, pass your papers” we experience the same thing, except our teacher used “PLEASE” and so we continue, what happen if the teacher committed a mistakes!! what do you say to your teacher? well, in our time we (students) said, Sir!! simple follow cannot instruction” instead of the usual “simple instruction you cannot follow” hence, the filipino has spoken many times “get rid of corruption and corrupt officials” and so Mr. President we say again “simple follow cannot instruction”

ehem
Guest

I just read in an encyclopedia that ferdinand declared martial law because of some muslim seperatist and some chinese rebels. Anyways just leaving this in here.

d_forsaken
Guest

Annoying Yellow Noytards…It’s like insulting the Crazy Frog on YouTube.

Hyden Toro09hy
Guest
Aquino has honesty? Where in the world this Yellowtard, has picked up this idea? A+, for “tuwid na daan”? The “tuwid na daan” has gone straight to the “bangin” already… Aquino has never started anything; he has nothing to finish. The DAP is a “clever” way to steal public funds, together with his cahoot thief:Abad. CJ Corona was impeached, to protect Aquino’s Hacienda Luisita, from Land Reform. Aquino is the most corrupt President and the most vindictive President, in Philippine History. He encouraged Patronage Politics. He used the Pork Barrel Funds to BRIBE Congresspeople and Senators, to bend to his… Read more »
FRED MERTZ
Guest
…and this PNOY guy? LMAO, the Maguindanao Massacre is still un-solved, and the government has not prosecuted the perpetrators and is most likely waiting for the witnesses to die from being hunted down and murdered by the perpetrators family or natural causes/disasters. The Banana Republic that is the Philippines is just a Kleptocracy from the top down. The fee’s at the NAIA terminal is a prime example of the thievery that goes on there. NOWHERE else in the world are these fee’s collected.It is a disgrace and speaks volumes of what a dispicable bunch of thieves run the country. Soon… Read more »
Dave
Guest

Terminal fees are one thing, but the ‘travel tax’ is even more insulting. How dare you leave your country? You have to pay us for the privilege of letting you go free.

Gogs
Member

Looks like this is the first and last GRP post of the great Soy Lagman. Who has not checked in since the first day. Noytards can’t withstand scrutiny. That’s why they are Noytards.

den
Guest

point of order, please. may i cite a comment from Gogs, to wit:
“…since you are as limp wristed as your idol Noynoy.”

was there intent to insinuate the following:
1. “limp wrist”, as in homosexual or effeminate?
2. there is something inherently wrong or flawed with being a homosexual person or being effeminate?

please clarify.

den
Guest

another point, please. also a comment from Gogs.
“That’s why they are Noytards.”

1. i presume that you are referring to the defenders of Aquino and his people as “Noytards”, an amalgation of “Noynoy” and “retard”. correct?
2. when you say “retard”, were you referring to people of different mental ability? and were you inferring that such people were somehow inferior?

den
Guest

Don Timbol uses “Noytard”. Hayden uses “Yellowtard”. i guess an iconic Presidential spokesman does not have a monopoly on labeling. these labels intend to demean the other side, but demean the issuing party more. need this be said? and i had hopes that this would be one of the more intelligent forums on the real state of the philippines. can we just stick to the cold facts, please.

Frank N Stein
Guest

The ‘cold facts’ are pretty bleak. The Republic is a scam from top to bottom.A rotten to the core apple in decay.

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