Filipinos await New Year with eager anticipation

WE end 2010 with nine in 10 Filipinos hopeful about their future, according to Pulse Asia’s latest survey.

In another survey conducted by Social Weather Station (SWS), it shows nearly seven in 10 Filipinos are satisfied the way democracy works in the country.

With President Benigno Aquino III’s popularity rating of 79 percent confidence in his government is high. We attribute this to the President’s adherence to transparency, accountability and integrity and his extra-ordinary ability to communicate his ideas to Filipino citizenry.

This positive development is something we must be happy about and maintain in 2011 and beyond.

For without the support of the nation P-Noy will not be able to eradicate graft and corruption and ensure the highest quality of public service, and consequently his campaign battlecry of “Walang Mahirap Kung Walang Corrupt” will go to naught.

Expect malicious fault-findings to go unabated  and  irritate the President through the rest of his term as he carries out urgent economic programs to increase the levels of living of the people specially the poor. Criticisms within the system are the essence of democracy as we know it. That is, government of the people, by the people and for the people, as Abraham Lincoln, the great American President defined it.

While the President is happy with his Cabinet, Malacañang said, he would be making some changes in his official family in January. “Minor shakeup, if at all, not exceeding three”  Aquino clarified.

In reply to some criticisms from the opposition and media that his Cabinet is week compared to graft-ridden past administrations, from Marcos to Arroyo, PNoy said some of his Cabinet members even exceeded his expectations like Energy Secretary Jose Rene Almendras who, he said, performed well when Typhoon Basyang hit the country. He said Almendras was able to restore power in less than 24 hours, and in Cagayan Valley where 12 towers were toppled, it took only two weeks to bring back electricity.

Still defending his Cabinet, he said “Look at the economic team, both of them. Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima and Trade Secretary Gregorio Domingo have produced close to $6 billion worth of investments.

As we rest it, it could be that the minor change in the Cabinet is only aimed at regenerating it to function effectively. It is saddening to note that heavy weight Cabinet members (as Sen. Marriam Defonsor Santiago described Cabinet official of past administrations) did nothing but to enrich
themselves in power.


The declaration of nullity by the Supreme Court of Executive Order no 1 of President Benigno Aquino III creating the Truth Commission that will investigate wrong going of the past administration was like sweeping the dirt under the rag so to speak.

We share the public perception that by striking down the first official act of President Aquino by the high court composed of justices appointed by former President Gloria Arroyo, except one, was a political decision intended to protect her from prosecution and possible punishment.

To our view laws are flexible. They can be interpreted in one way or another. They are unlike science which is exact. Recall the special amendment to the 1972 Constitution which the late President Marcos used to justify his proclamation of martial law in the entire country and made him a dictator.

When its legality was questioned in the Supreme Court, the justices ruled that SC had no jurisdiction over the case because it was a political issue and therefore not justiciable.

Even before the Supreme Court has to rule on the motion for reconsideration of the government for the high court to reverse its ruling, former President Arroyo, now Pampanga representative, and her allies anticipated the denial of the motion.

Recall that reacting sharply to SC rebuke declaring EO No. 1 void, P-Noy assailed “those pretending” to be deaf and blind, and warned he would not allow them to get in the way of his campaign against corruption.


We saw the pictures of the new apple of beyond question. History tells of great men remaining bachelor during their lifetime: Jesus Christ, St. Paul the Evangelist, Alexander the Great, Dr. Jose Rizal, Apolinario Mabini and others.

We wish our readers, my publisher Benny Antiporda and all my editors and Remate staff ( both in the morning and evening editions, a Happy and Exciting New Year!! Cornelio de Guzman


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