President Aquino assures more jobs and investments forthcoming this year

THE adverse reactions of some sectors against toll rate adjustments and increase in the cost of food and transport rides are to be expected. Who wants to pay more when you can pay less?

Prophets of doom, who President Aquino described as a noisy “minority who wants to rekindle the malicious practices of the past”, were disappointed. They expected stronger opinion on the issue from the side of road users and riding public but it did not happen.

This is an eye-opener for the so-called cause-oriented groups and opposition group. The great majority of our people have grown matured politically and become well-informed about economic issues and the art of government.

Trust and confidence in the leadership of President Aquino is another factor that convinced the citizenry to accept the realities of the times. These superhighways particularly the North Luzon Expressways (NLEX) and South Luzon Expressways (SLEX) were built by foreign investors with assurance of profitability and return of their investment by the Philippines government.

This is why our Supreme Court the highest arbiter of all legal disputes ruled in favour of the government when it tackled the issue of legality of toll adjustments. By implication, the ruling may also be applied to cases of similar nature like the projected fare hikes in the Metro Rail Transit (MRT3) and the Light Rail Transit (LRT-2) all  in Metro Manila. These projects were also foreign funded.

The soon to be implemented bus, jeepney and taxi fares adjustments are different thing. It was dictated by the price of crude oil in the international market.

In reporting these issues, media (print, radio and t.v.) were not in their usual adversarial stance, a proof also of its maturity and an unquestionable loyalty to the truth as they perceived it.

As this developed President Aquino assured the people of a good life despite the challenges the nation face this year.

“There will be challenges ahead—from an uncertain outlook for the global economy to a noisy minority who wants to rekindle the malicious practices of the past,” the President said during his first traditional New year vin d’honneum reception at Malacanang Friday.

He, however, assured that more jobs and investments are forthcoming this year as he promised government resources for the poor, and freedom and fairness for every citizen.

He added that he would not fail Filipinos who expressed optimism for 2011 and would repay them with good governance.

The snide remark the President made as he led the toast to welcome the new year, elicited angry reactions from House Minority Leader Edcel Lagman and other opposition leaders who attended the traditional new year reception. Lagman called the President’s language crude partisan tirade, while Zambales Rep. Milagros Magsaysay described Aquino’s remarks were in bad taste.


An interesting Reuters new dispatch from Vatican City titled “GOD. WAS BEHIND BIG BANG, UNIVERSE NO ACCIDENT,  THE POPE SAYS” caught our attention.

Pope Benedict XVI made the remark on the day the Christians celebrated the Epiphany, when the Three Kings reached the site where Jesus was born by following star.

The Holy Pope said God’s mind was behind complex scientific theory such as the Big Bang, and Christians should reject the idea that the universe came into being by accident.

He said the universe is not the result of chance and then continued to discuss specific concepts such as the Big Bang, which scientists believe led to the formation of the universe some 13.7 billion years ago.

He said the Catholic church no longer teaches that God created the world in six days as described in the Holy Bible, adding that the account in the Book of Genesis is an allegory for the way God created the world.

Expect howls of protest from Bible-centered churches that are more inclined in the literal interpretations of the Holy Scriptures, the only basis of their faith. In contrast the Catholic Church believes in the Bible,   holy traditions and revelations as the bases of faith.

Webster dictionary defines Allegory as “a figurative discourse, in which the principal subject is described by another subject resembling it in its properties and circumstances, or a narrative in which abstract ideas are personified. Cornelio de Guzman


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