No matter who writes them, who reads them, or delivers them, what is really important and relevant in such oral exercises is to ascertain the objective truths they say, the realities they bring to fore, the many promises they make and/or the on-the-ground avowals they make. Otherwise, notwithstanding all the many applauses made plus the loud cheers heard on their occasions – all of the said addresses and the like are but talks and more talks – in the sphere of but “hot air” and that’s it.
The Philippines is a fast developing Country. The economy is great. The people are blessed and happy. The future is bright and promising. The past four years gave the impetus to the fast and solid local socio-financial development. More. The two years ahead are grounded on peace from within through the Bangsamoro Framework Agreement plus the EDCA. The government has continuously walked the “Matuwid na Daan”, has faithfully put into practice “Kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap;” and furthermore, sincerely observed the truly humble maxim of “Kayo ang boss ko.”
But lest someone repeatedly saying the same good, better, best news actually believes on such cloud 9 claims and pronouncements, it might be good to point out even but the following ground realities:
1. The proliferation of squatters, beggars, garbage pickers.
2. The omnipresence of thieves, hold-uppers, murderers.
3. The ever-lacking employment possibilities.
4. The ever-increasing OFWs, despite big dangers to their limbs and lives.
5. The prostitution of women, boys and girls.
6. The imposition of direct and indirect taxes from birth to death.
7. The deregulation of oil and the regulation of prime commodities.
8. The progressively high costs of living and ever low salaries.
9. The sale of human organs to foreign buyers.
10. The nonchalant local, regional and national graft and corrupt practices.
By the way, the following are rather more disturbing phenomena:
a. The illegal drug industry.
b. The lack of energy.
c. The enormous national debt.
d. The exodus of professionals.
e. The privatization of public utilities.
f. The continuous war in Mindanao.
g. The practical loss of Sabah.
h. The Philippines as a US Base.
i. The skirmishes with China.
j. The unrest of the people due to a perceived incapable government.