Gloria needs a reality check

Editorial
Malaya
http://www.malaya.com.ph

I went to a meeting in Manila last Sunday and took the LRT. At the Doroteo Jose station, the huge tarpaulin of GMA — “Ramdam na ramdan ang kaunlaran” — has two fangs drawn on her mouth. Am sure Anthony Golez will not be happy about this. In the show of Ted Failon and Korina Sanchez, he claimed that GMA is the only President who did a lifestyle check on her Cabinet. Hellow!? Liar, liar pants on fire! Even Ferdinand Marcos was already doing that in the 1980s. Kawawa naman ang gobyernong ito. GMA did everything that Marcos did — and never succeeded. No guts, no glory, no originality. — Danton

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On reports that inflation hit 11.4 percent in June, the highest in 14 years, Malacañang said the price surge was expected and the government is looking at measures to soften its impact.

Is looking at measures? What kind of statement was that? Do they mean to tell us they were twiddling their thumbs all the while when the signs have long pointing at the approaching perfect storm of surging fuel and food prices?

The Palace said among the measures are a stepped-up program to expand production to answer the food problem and energy conservation, tapping of alternative energy sources and intensified search for oil in response to runaway global crude prices.

Let’s look at these proposed measures to ease the impact of spiraling fuel cost. Conservation of energy will come by itself and not through government effort. With gas at P60 a liter, there will be fewer private vehicles on the road. Public utility vehicles will have to rationalize their operations, plying their routes only when assured of full capacity (no more empty buses careening on EDSA during off-rush hours). Households and business will also be forced to cut costs as a matter of survival.

The Palace should not promise the people pie in the sky in the form of biofuels, solar and wind powered generating plants which will take years to put in place and at a probably higher cost than hydrocarbon-based energy sources.

Food production, on the other hand, is indeed quickly responsive to expansion of areas under irrigation, introduction of high-yielding seeds and liberal use of fertilizers and insecticides. Rice has a cycle of three months from planting to harvest. So bigger investment in farms now will yield dividends in a relatively short time.

Is the government putting extra-ordinary efforts to boost food output? The way we are hearing it from Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap, rice production is no longer a problem. The last summer harvest was bigger than last year’s. The main October harvest is expected to post another record-breaking yield. But didn’t we hear the same thing sometime in March just before prices of rice shot up from P24 to P34 a kilo?

The public needs convincing. Instead of admitting the country faces a crisis, the first step toward crafting a workable response, the Arroyo, however, continues to live in the never never land where “ramdam na ramdam ang kaunlaran.”

We need a 180-degree turn on how we will surmount the crisis. Let’s forget about grandiose blueprints on how to pole vault to First World status in 2020. Let us first ensure that our people can fill their stomachs. We succeed in licking hunger, pulling ourselves by the bootstraps to the status of a developed country will follow as a matter of course.

4 Comments

  1. JV Ejercito said,

    July 9, 2008 at 2:41 am

    Yes, I do believe Gloria needs a reality check, but more importantly she needs psychological help as well. She is probably suffering from DG or delusions of grandeur, she has been acting as if she thinks that she is a great leader! My gosh! The gall of this woman! She has brought so much destruction to this country, politically and economically, much more she has divided this nation.

    What can we expect from a spoiled brat who has never experienced how it is to be poor? GMA does not care if the whole nation suffers, as long as she continues to reign.

    This is greed and lust for power that GMA personifies.

  2. johnelyn kim said,

    July 10, 2008 at 11:25 am

    she knew it.. alam niya ang reyalidad..
    ngunit dahil sa isang mahinang pwersang nakaamba sa kanya
    dahil sa kakulangan ng isang solidong lakas na tutunggali sa kanya
    mananatili pa rn ang kanyang pgsasamantala

    hmmmmm
    may national walk-out na po sa july 18 dumalo at mgpadalo
    kung cno ang d ngsasalita ang xang lalong pngsasamantalahan
    yun lang po
    hehe

  3. johnelyn kim said,

    July 10, 2008 at 11:30 am

    While Filipinos die, GMA and cohorts spend $1.5M in US junket
    WHAT CAN BE MORE CALLOUS THAN THIS?

    While Typhoon Frank devastated the country and claimed more than 650 lives, including the poor victims of the MV Princess of the Stars sea tragedy, illegitimate President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and her 74 junketeers mindlessly spend billions of taxpayers’ money to visit Bush and watch Pacquiao fight in the US.

    MONEY SPENT MINDLESSLY

    USD 1.5 M JUNKET!

    300-5000 – Willard Hotel rate
    30 rooms booked
    400-500 – Dinner per plate
    207++ – Airline rate per person
    800-1000 – Rental per car
    30 cars rented
    250 consulate officials mobilized

    THE PERKS

    P100,000 – each congressman gets monthly travel allowance
    P1,620 – travel tax exemption when traveling with the President

    WHO ARE THE 74 JUNKETEERS?

    Representative Province

    Rep. Narciso Santiago III, Alliance for Rural Concerns Party List Group
    Rep. Monico Puentevella, Bacolod
    Rep. Albert Garcia, Bataan
    Rep. Mark Llandro L. Mendoza, Batangas
    Rep. Hermilando Mandanas, Batangas
    Rep. William Irwin Tieng, Buhay Party List Group
    Rep. Jose Zubiri III, Bukidnon
    Rep. Lorna Silverio, Bulacan
    Rep. Mitzi Cajayon, Caloocan
    Rep. Diosdado “Dato” Macapagal Arroyo, Camarines Sur
    Rep. Joseph Santiago, Catanduanes
    Rep. Elpidio Barzaga Jr., Cavite
    Rep. Antonio Cuenco, Cebu
    Rep. Eduardo Gullas, Cebu
    Deputy Speaker Raul Del Mar, Cebu City
    Rep. Rommel Amatong, Compostela Valley
    Speaker Prospero Nograles, Davao City
    Rep. Antonio Lagdameo, Davao Del Norte
    Rep. Marc Cagas, Davao Del Sur
    Rep. Nelson Dayanghirang, Davao Oriental
    Rep. Teodolo Coquilla, Eastern Samar
    Rep. Andres Salvacion, Leyte
    Rep. Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez, Leyte
    Rep. Trinidad Apostol, Leyte
    Rep. Ma. Zenaida Angping, Manila
    Rep. Amado S. Bagatsing, Manila
    Rep. Bienvenido Abante Jr., Manila
    Rep. Rizalina Seachon-Lanete, Masbate
    Rep. Herminia Ramiro, Misamis Occidental
    Rep. Yevgeny Emano, Misamis Oriental
    Rep. Rozzano Rufino Biazon, Muntinlupa
    Rep. Joseph Gilbert Violago, Nueva Ecija
    Deputy Speaker Ma. Amelita C. Villarosa, Occidental Mindoro
    Rep. Anna York Bondoc, Pampanga
    Rep. Aurelio Gonzales Jr., Pampanga
    Rep. Juan Miguel Macapagal Arroyo, Pampanga
    Rep. Conrado Estrella III, Pangasinan
    Rep. Ma. Rachel Arenas, Pangasinan
    Rep. Eduardo C. Zialcita, Parañaque
    Rep. Roman Romulo, Pasig City
    Rep. Mary Ann Susano, Quezon City
    Rep. Nanette C. Castelo-Daza, Quezon City
    Rep. Danilo Suarez, Quezon Province
    Rep. Junie Cua, Quirino
    Rep. Arturo B. Robes, San Jose Del Monte
    Rep. Roger Mercado, Southern Leyte
    Rep. Munir Arbison, Sulu
    Rep. Rex Gatchalian, Valenzuela City
    Rep. Antonio Diaz, Zambales

    Senate

    Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago
    Sen. Richard Gordon

    Cabinet

    Sec. Arthur Yap, Agriculture
    Sec. Rolando Andaya, Budget
    Sec. Gov. Amando Tetangco, Central Bank
    Sec. Gilbert Teodoro, Defense
    Sec. Ronaldo Puno, DILG
    Sec. Jesli Lapus, Education
    Sec. Lito Atienza, Environment
    Sec. Margarito Teves, Finance
    Sec. Alberto Romulo, Foreign Affairs
    Acting Sec. Marianito Roque, Labor
    Sec. Ignacio Bunye, Presidential Spokesman
    Sec. Jesus Dureza, Press
    Sec. Peter Favila, Trade

    How much did GMA reportedly give the victims of the tragedy? A limos of P10,000.

    Shall we leave our country in the hands of such uncaring people?

    It’s time to take back our country!

    More photos at Arkibongbayan

    http://www.lfs.ph

  4. alex mack said,

    July 14, 2008 at 7:53 am

    Stupidity is really contagious. GMA and her accomplices don’t know how to hide their skeletons. They are corrupt in the loudest manner.


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