The Aquino Administration who vowed to take the straight path towards progress and to diminish the ancient corruption system of government in the Philippines is now bidding farewell with the upcoming 2016 national election. Who do you think should be the next Philippine President?
Pledging to take care of the economy by encouraging foreign investments and further operations by the country’ s rich and famous, the outgoing administration claimed their success on their efforts – hoping that the alleged growth will reach the poorest of the poor as time goes by and nothing is wrong with that. Only, even the government itself acknowledged that there are still more things to be done.
Now, since the Pnoy administration is almost over, the plight of the masses which constituted to being the largest segment of the Filipino people who are evidently poor is left to the voters’ hands. Will they choose a President from the Liberal party who would more or less adapt the same strategy as the Aquino administration or choose Vice President Jejomar Binay whose campaign efforts are always geared to take care of the poor since the beginning of his time in politics? Not to mention being poor himself who managed to become a human rights lawyer through hard work.
Those who witnessed how poor people live in the Philippines can attest to the urgency of their much needed rehabilitation because people are dying in the streets everyday. This should be the utmost concern of any Presidential candidate at this point in time. The rich can still improve their businesses with or without the government’s help. Also, the peace and order situation of the country can be controlled when people are not hungry.
So, will you be choosing a President for the welfare of the poor despite allegations of corruption? Well, as human nature dictates, when you want to destroy a good politician – you can just accuse him of corruption and his image can easily turn from white to black. Are Filipinos smart enough not to let this happen?
I think it’s about time to prioritize the ones at the bottom because the present administration already did whatever they can to better the interests of the ones from the top – and hopefully, this would narrow down the gap between rich and poor.
At last, the most awaited Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao bout is already confirmed to be happening on May 2, 2015 that will be broadcasted live in the Philippines on May 3, 2015. The prize money is said to be a 50 – 40 split in favor of Mayweather. So, what’s this 51 – 49 thing? Read here for the explanation:
LOS ANGELES — No matter who wins the richest boxing match in history on May 2, Manny Pacquiao will receive part of his pay the next business day from his promoter, Bob Arum.
Indeed, there’s really such thing as right timing. Win or lose both boxers will earn substantial fees but since they both are boxing icons of the world, a good fight really matters for the people regardless of nationality. This would really make Filipinos more proud if Manny Pacquiao brings home the gold!
By: Elena Grace Flores
Some people might agree that Philippines is a poor country, where there’s no government welfare in place and no health system in store for the Filipino masses as portrayed in Manny Pacquiao’s documentary – but for sure, many can’t accept this. What about SSS, Philhealth and 4 Ps (Pangtawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program) Assistance for the poorest of the poor – to name a few?
The Social Security System can be availed only when you are employed by accredited firms. Filipinos with ad hoc jobs in unregistered businesses can’t be a member of SSS of course – not unless you pay a voluntary subscription as self-employed. Philhealth covers 20 percent of medical bills when subscribed for at least 6 months at around 100 Pesos premium per month. There are anomalies also concerning the government assistance (4 Ps) because many families who are better off than their peers are beneficiaries of this assistance designed for people belonging to the less privilege smallest social unit of society.
Bottom line is, there’s financial support system in store for the citizens of the Philippines but due to corruption, people in remote places are not educated about these programs. On top of that, the funds allocated for these benefits are either misused by corrupt officials or unfairly distributed. If Philippines is really poor, why are there billions of taxes amassed by corrupt government officials? Poverty is all in the mind. Filipinos are rich with natural resources, culture and fighting spirit to be what want in this world of opportunities. If Manny Pacquiao can do it, why can’t others?
Manny ran away from home when he was 13 years old. The reason might be very traumatic for a child but think about it. If Manny Pacquiao did not have the reason to leave his family in Gensan, will he become the Great Filipino Boxer of today? Certainly, whether a circumstance is positive or negative, there’s always a reason for everything.
In Manny’s case, it was horrible to witness his own father grabbing his beloved pet dog, butcher it, cook and eat in front of him who was very emotional during that time. Even if this did not happen to us, we can only imagine the shock, disbelief and fear for the action made by the older Pacquiao. He might not be thinking straight at that time – but many fathers unfortunately in this part of the world have done the same or even worst!
Some impoverish people blame their status for the wrong doings committed. Others are just too dumb to recognize the right from the wrong actions or perhaps refused to know the difference of both to have excuses in life. Whatever the case may be, justice may not always be served but blessings are real too. No wonder – it’s always Aling Dionisia or Manny Pacquaio’s mother who always get the credits for the man that he is now!
There’s no retreat for Philippines after China’s intimidation using water cannons to Filipino fishermen. It was announced during the recent press conference by the President’s spoke person that China’s actions were not surprising. They have been known to display their aggressiveness all through out the discussions over the claim. Here’s what the Philippine Military has to say:
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines military chief vowed Thursday to defend the country’s fishermen against any Chinese “terror or intimidation” in the South China Sea, the latest sign of sharpening tensions in what is a potential global flash point.
The Philippine forces continued to strengthen not only their capabilities to handle war but also the country’s alliance with other superpowers. The U.S. has been Philippine’s greatest ally and China would not want to intimidate that. However, to go to war is not Philippine’s strategy in settling the problem with China – that’s why all possible channels for communication are open to be able to deal with the dispute peacefully.