So let me get this straight. After four years of sitting on his hands, Philippine President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III is suddenly asking for “emergency powers” to solve the power crisis gripping the country? What happened to those last four years? Why is this suddenly an “emergency”?
Project managers who are worth their salt know that approaching their boss for more money because they are about to blow their budget will only invite the hard question: Why are you highlighting this risk only now?
So the Boss should ask the servant the same question:
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Why then, Mr President BS Aquino is the power crisis such a big emergency only now?In a recent article published on the Business Mirror, the eminent journalist Teddy Locsin Jr asserts that pretty much the same national mental disorder transcends the Philippines’ electricity woes and is a common denominator that underlies just about everything that is wrong with the Philippines, including the rot in its public transport infrastructure…
The reason for the breakdown of the MRT 3 is clear. No maintenance was made, because no one in the government could decide on who should get the contract for it and who will give the biggest kickback for the same. In the meantime, the contract was turned over ad interim to an ad hoc joint venture of native midgets in finance and in spare parts, rather than continue the original contract with Sumitomo, the most advanced transportation-technology and banking giant on the planet that had given us a good deal but apparently offered no one in the Department of Transportation and Communications a bribe.
Corruption, incompetence, and lack of foresight. These were big afflictions in past governments and they especially ail this one. So no, no, NO, Mr President BS Aquino, the blame is not to be pinned on your predecessors. The blame is squarely on your government. When you take the reins of power, you also take accountability for the rot that comes with it. It becomes yours to bear and yours to solve.
As Locsin points out, dropping the ball when it came to the task of assuring power supply, food security, law and order, justice, and public transport — all the important stuff that hits straight home at the average Filipino’s way of life — is a fireable offense. Locsin asserts that there is “a good enough reason to topple [the Aquino government] by popular action”. But though an increasing number of Filipinos agree with that, there is still no popular support for such an initiative — not after decades of Edsa “revolution” weariness had taken a fatal toll on Filipino’s collective hope for a different future. Certainly, the Second Aquino Administration has proven beyond reasonable doubt that it is no different to any other idiotic Philippine government that’s preceded it.
So pity the Filipino people. They are enslaved by their own popular “will” and subject to a president who is a product of the popular moronism that their country is world-renowned for.
Perhaps they should give President BS Aquino his “emergency powers”. When his cronies start importing generator sets by the ship load, that might be the economic stimulus and the employment dynamo (pun intended) Filipinos have long awaited. And like the Aboitizes of the 1990s, somebody and his clan will again be laughing all the way to the bank.
benign0 is the Webmaster of GetRealPhilippines.com.