Predictions for 2012

OF LATE, there have been some good and bad predictions about what may or may not happen in the Philippines for 2012. Here are some of the predictions I have heard so far:

** Wheat prices are projected to double in 2012. This means that the prices of the poor man’s pan de sal shall increase.

** The value of US dollar will go through the roof and the peso will fall on a daily basis. If this happens, oil prices will go up proportionally.

** Death, either natural or not-so-natural, shall be befallen on some leading political figure.

** More natural disasters, such as volcanic eruptions, floods and the like, shall hit the country.

One of the scariest predic-tions I have heard is that the world will end on December 12, 2012. Or at least a major cata-clysmic event will happen in the globe in a day with the last two digits of the year repeated three times in mm/dd/yy form.

World renowned American psychic LaMont Hamilton, in his prediction No. 21 for 2012, has also said  that – I quote – “in the Philippines, China moves to take over or influence the area; civil war breaks out between gangs or political forces in the Southern region.”

If one has kept himself abreast with developments, one should take Hamilton’s predictions with a grain of salt.

China has been flexing its muscle in the disputed islands in the South China Sea.

The Chinese leader has reportedly ordered its military to prepare for war as its biggest ship sails near the disputed islands.

And then, there is so much instability in the Southern Philip-pines.  Bombings continue in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao almost every other day despite a new set of leaders appointed by President Aquino.  Would gang war erupt once peace talks with Moro rebel groups collapse?

Or war among political clans be imminent in the region that has been characterized by violence and rido or with the upcoming elections?

These things can really be amusing. But hey, let us be clear about these things before we are misinterpreted.

Of course, we do not want to stifle the Filipino people’s optimism for 2012.

Understand that all of these are mere predictions that probably will not happen, and I do hope they will not.

But if it does, we better watch out for some signs and be prepared for the unexpected.

A guarded optimism is always healthy.

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