Wednesday, December 29, 2004

pilipino

GREAT IS THE PILIPINO, WHEN HE HAS MORE, MORE HE SPENDS. WHEN THERE IS LESS, HE MAKES MUCH OF THE LITTLE HE HAS. BUT COME WHAT MAY, HE MANAGES TO MOVE ON -- ALWAYS. HE DELIGHTS WHEN THE DAYS ARE BOUNTIFUL. BUT HE ALSO TAKES LEAN TIMES, STANDING, HE MAY COMPLAIN. BUT GIVE UP, HE DOES NOT. THIS IS THE DISTINCT ATTRIBUTION OF THE PILIPINO.

THE PILIPINO IS RESILIENT. HE HAS UNCANNY ABILITIES. HE IS DEFINITELY A SURVIVOR.

THE PASSING YEAR IS DIFFICULT. THE COMING YEAR IS NOT EITHER PROMISING. THE GOVERNMENT HAS NOT EVEN STARTED TO DELIVER ANY OF THE LOUDLY PROCLAIMED “10 POINT 2004 AGENDA”. IN FACT, IT HAS EMBARKED IN A WELL DIFFERENT DIRECTION. IT IS CALLED THE “2004-2005 TAX AGENDA”.

THAT IS WHY THERE IS THE EMERGING PERCEPTION THAT INSTEAD OF HELPING THE PEOPLE, THEIR GOVERNMENT IS IN EFFECT MAKING IT HARDER FOR THEM TO GO ON WITH THEIR LIVES. THERE ARE VERY FEW WHO ARE HAPPY WITH THEIR SOCIO-ECONOMIC SITUATION. THERE ARE QUITE MANY WHO ARE DISGUSTED WITH THEIR FINANCIAL HARDSHIPS. ONLY THE DUMB, THE DEAF AND THE BLIND WOULD SAY THESE PEOPLE HAVE IT ALL WRONG.

THE FINANCIAL CRISIS IN THE COUNTRY IS REAL NO MATTER ALL OFFICIAL ALLEGATIONS TO THE CONTRARY. IT IS CAUSED BY MORAL CRISIS IN GOVERNANCE. AND THIS APPEARS TO COME FROM LEADERSHIP CRISIS IN THE NATIONAL LEVEL. THAT IS WHY THERE ARE NOW TALKS OF DESTABILIZATION. THIS IS WHY THE GOVERNMENT APPEARS TO BE PREOCCUPIED WITH ITS OWN SURVIVAL. FOCUSED ON ITSELF, ITS OWN CONCERNS AND INTERESTS, THE PEOPLE FEEL THEY HAVE TO WAIT, THEY ARE NOT THE PRIORITY.

THE CONCLUSION IS OBVIOUS: IT HAS BECOME INCUMBENT UPON THE PILIPINO TO TAKE CARE OF HIMSELF, HIS FAMILY, HIS LOVED ONES. HE MUST USE HIS OWN INGENUINITY TO FORGE A BEARABLE PRESENT AND BETTER FUTURE. AND HE CAN DO IT AS HE HAS REPEATEDLY DONE IT MANY TIMES BEFORE.

FAR BE IT FOR THE PILIPNO TO DEPEND ON THE GOVERNMENT. OTHERWISE, HE WOULD BE IN FOR A BIG FRUSTRATION AND DEEP DESPAIR. TIME AND AGAIN, THE GOVERNMENT PROVED TO BE UNDEPENDABLE AS WELL AS UNPREDICTABLE.

THE COUNTRY IS STILL SUFFERING FROM LOCAL MAN-MADE DISASTERS. ASIA IS REELING FROM A NATURAL CALAMITY. THE COMING YEAR MAY BE NEW, BUT THE PROBLEMS ARE THE SAME -- IF NOT MUCH WORSE.

ULTIMATELY THE PILIPINO WILL FIND A MORE TENABLE HOPE IN THE EMPLOY OF HIS OWN PERSONAL TALENTS AND IN PRIVATE INITIATIVES -- NOT IN SPORADIC PUBLIC INTERVENTIONS AND SELECTIVE OFFICIAL ACTS OF THE GOVERNMENT.


+O.V. CRUZ, DD
29 DECEMBER2004