You can read the Tagalog version of this article here…
Ladies and gentlemen, it is 2015. Just a few more months from now before 2016 comes along and we will be given the opportunity to select a new leader that can lead us to progress. The problem is, so far though, where have we gotten to in the past few years? Just where has President Aquino’s “Straight Path” led us? Did anything really change since we gained a new president in 2010? And if there is, was it really of any help to the common Filipino? These are just a few questions I’d like to ask those who support the LP or Liberal Party of the Philippines…
Truth be told, the LP, the media who supports them and the myriad Filipinos who are beholden to them insist that positive changes have indeed occurred what with the rise of our GDP and the alleged development of our economy but one can attest that only so many even notice these changes. Now I am willing to admit that I’m not actually an economist and I know just about zilch when it comes to doing business but I can say that not only has our situation as a country not improved, but has in fact gotten worse.
Now, I don’t really know what goes in the minds of the LP or even if they have minds at all but I think it really is time to put an end to the foolishness that runs so rampant in our country. The media may try to cover it up, but there’s no hiding the fact that the country’s situation is just getting worse. I don’t know what President Aquino is planning as well as what Mar Roxas (his successor) is up to, but I have a strong feeling that it won’t be for the betterment of the country as we know it. Now, before you react, here are some points I’d like to present that you can think over before you go and defend the “Straight Path” made by President Aquino which, to my opinion at least, has never helped the Filipino people as a whole.
The Worsening Traffic Situation
My friend Paul Farol has already said his piece here in his article but I’d like to share my own opinion on the matter.
Didn’t President Aquino say that: “Traffic is a sign of a booming economy.”
If that’s the case, then I can guess why he hasn’t done anything to improve the situation and probably doesn’t even care at all about the worsening traffic in many major cities in the Philippines like Manila. And even if he did present something. they turned out to be minor solutions that can be compared to putting a ban-aid on a gunshot wound. At the end of the day, the traffic solutions the LP presented were only for show and probably a means to alleviate the rage of furious motorists because they failed to do anything about the INC when they protested in EDSA and caused hellish amounts of traffic which happened fairly recently.
It’s been many years since President Aquino came to power but so little has actually changed when it comes to improving the preposterous condition of our roads. See, it just rained hard as Paul Farol said but the roads became utterly flooded and inaccessible. If the so-called “Straight Path” is already a failure when it comes to fixing or maintaining our roads, what more can we expect when it comes to governing us as people.
Many years have passed but our MRTs, which are actually a considerable help to our traffic problems, are still in a deplorable condition. The best they could do was get Mar Roxas into a section of the train that is reserved for women and children and it looks like that’s all we can really expect. Forget the fact that the MRT’s seem to break down on a weekly basis, the only thing that seems to be important is that Mar Roxas got on an MRT and it probably doesn’t matter for his supporters if he isn’t going to do anything to improve or even just repair the train he’s on. As far as Mar Roxas is concerned, as well as his endorser President Aquino, as long as he gets on the train, it’s problem solved and that the passengers should even be thankful that Mar Roxas graced them with his presence.
The Increasing Number Of Victims Of Violence
It’s really sad to note that almost two years have passed since Typhoon Yolanda laid waste to the Philippines but many are still struggling to get their lives together after their homes and livelihoods were destroyed in 2013. When asked by Anderson Cooper about what really happened, Mar Roxas could provide few comforting or even coherent arguments. When asked just recently about what was being done for the Yolanda survivors, he not only failed to answer but walked out on his audience.
Now let’s go the SAF 44 that President Aquino is trying desperately to forget. I know that for some of you this may be old news. But what really hurts is that President Aquino seems to be trying with all his might to sweep the 44 dead policemen under the rug and pretend that he had nothing to do with what happened. Not once did he ask for any kind of apology for the violence and death that occurred and even went on to negotiate with the terrorists who murdered the fallen cops.
And just lately, there are the Lumads of Mindanao who are under the threat of genocide. It’s horrifying to think that, as we speak, there is an indigenous people out there who are in danger of being wiped out. Unfortunately, it seems that the LP couldn’t care less and ABS-CBN, the primary media support of the LP, has not even reported any details on the incident. It’s as if they don’t want people to know that people are dying because of the government’s utter incompetence. As of now, it seems that the Lumads are still safe in their respective evacuation centers but then, we have to wonder what will happen when things take a turn for the worst. Will they even make a move to protect the Lumads who are at the mercy of terrorists or will they be neglected and forgotten like the SAF 44.
The Ever Deteriorating Minds Of The People
I think I know what you’re thinking:
“There goes Grimwald again, attacking the media!”
But let me clarify something to you. It’s because of the media that people in the Philippines become less and less intelligent and practical. It’s because of the media that there are now more and more cases of teen pregnancies and broken families. It’s also because of the media that people nowadays don’t care about more important issues like the threat of terrorism and the death of the Lumads.
Now, let me ask you, where do you think the “Straight Path” is actually headed?
For the love of whatever deity you worship, wake up!
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