Monday, February 18, 2013

Reality Check

For those occupying distinct high public offices or assigned to impressive national positions and especially for someone living in a palace surrounded by cheering squads as well as adoring dependent friends, it is not only practical but also necessary to make reality checks every now and then – about on the ground realities. This could bring out the actuality and the fact about their great or lousy leadership. There is nothing like truth for someone to come to the right knowledge – under the penalty sad and pitiful self-delusion.

Said individuals should not allow themselves to be merely praised and pleased by their beneficiary followers and subordinates for their alleged achievements, consequent influence, and popularity-based but on paid-for surveys. This reality check advisory becomes not only relevant but also mandatory particularly when they have nothing less than personal expert advertisers to “sell” them to the general public for the assumption and tenure of power and influence.

Such is exactly the case when the papers proclaim the fast and impressive development of the Philippines, when the papers publicize not only the coming but the de facto arrival of big progress in the country, when the papers holler the greatness and influence and the present government – not to mention its incarnate integrity and popularity. Yes, they are papers – merely papers – loudly shouting and trumpeting the dogma of the dedication, industry, and efficiency of the reigning administration.

The truth is that all the previous governments or past administration said the same thing in substance. The business atmosphere was very positive. Industry was highly pro missing. The socio-economic development was in high gear; the Filipinos should wherefore rejoice and jump for joy. Reason: Their redemption from poverty was a fact. Their retrieval from misery was a certainty. But to this date, a good number of Filipinos still do not have enough food to eat, suitable clothes to wear, and decent houses to live in.

There is a composed Filipino song quite recently that says something the like: “You, who are comfortably sitting down, why not stand up and see my sad plight. You, who are living in big houses surrounded by tall walls, watched by many security guards and frequented by many big expensive cars, why don’t you go out and see the misery in life.” And such is exactly the lamentation of millions of Filipinos who, to this date and time, find no work, pay many taxes, have no decent abodes – and who thus become OFWs not only to financially support their families but also to keep the Philippines economically afloat through their dollar remittances.

Reality check – anyone at the pinnacle of the government?