Now that the midterm elections are over and the 9-3 win for Team PNoy in the senatorial race an indication of the people’s trust in President Benigno Aquino and the way he is managing the country, there is no better way to do now, even among the opposition groups, than to support the vision and mission of the Aquino administration.
The country is at a very critical juncture now in the sense that President Aquino has taken the Philippines economy to new highs. The Filipinos are seeing it and the world community is recognizing it.
“Among the biggest contributors to this growth were trade, renting and business activities, real estate, construction activities, and on the demand side, household consumption, and net exports. These indicate increased private sector activity and capacity, signs that growth has become more sustainable,” Mr. Aquino said.
He said economic growth benefited from his government’s “commitment to good governance — ensuring that integrity, transparency, and accountability guide government operations.”
“Restoring faith in systems eroded by corruption also means holding each public servant and institution up to the standard of integrity,” Mr. Aquino added.
Aquino’s battle cry of “Kung walang corrupt, walang mahira (No corruption, no poverty)” is now paying dividends and the need to sustain it cannot be overemphasized enough.
Sustaining it and those of the programs and policies of Aquino’s good governance means continuing the momentum of economic growth which will redound to more local and foreign investments, more jobs, better pays, healthier and stable nation and, hopefully, militarily stronger.
This is not wishful thinking at all, if we know what is best for us, as a nation. And what is best for us is to finally put a stop at other nations from bullying us.
The unfortunate controversy the country is having with Taiwan over the death of its fisherman, when the coast guard opened fire at Taiwanese fishing vessel trying to ram at the coast guard boat that caught it in Philippine waters is, indeed, a wake-up call for our politicians.
Let us stop playing politics and bringing each other down. It is time for cooperation and edifying one another regardless of party affiliation if it is for the good of the country.
Our politician’s folly has brought us to a situation where, because of our being poor and weak as a nation, our own citizens working in Taiwan, among the many countries they have ventured, are being bullied and harmed.
The worst thing about this is that our government could not and does not have the means to protect them.
Isn’t that pathetic? And, to think that it is not their fault that they joined the throng of what is now known as the oversea Filipino workers (OFWs).
What makes it even more heartrending is that their collective remittances is what forms the greater part of the money that is propping up the country’s economy.
It has been reported that in 2012, overseas remittances coming from Taiwan totaled $167.98 million.
Isn’t that shameful for government?
This is now the time for our politicians and leaders in the national level to wake up and work together.
The reality is that we cannot be poor and weak and be the door mat of our Asian neighbors all the time.
The interest of the country and its people should now be given the utmost concern and attention so that not too many Filipinos will be forced to leave and risk working abroad because of necessity.