PNoy 2012 ‘achievement report’ nothing but hot air – Anakbayan
PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino’s ‘achievement report’ for 2012 can be compared to a cruel Christmas ‘prank’ where one is supposedly given a gift wrapped in so many layers of wrapping, only to find out that there is actually nothing inside, according to youth group Anakbayan.
In the same way, Aquino’s report contains no real achievements from the point of view of Filipino youths, workers, farmers, and other marginalized sectors. The elaborate presentation of ‘zero achievements’ is possibly the only actual achievement in Noynoy’ message, the group said.
First, the Aquino administration is trying to create a mental image of lessening poverty by mentioning the Conditional Cash Transfers (CCTs) and the supposed 7.1% growth of our country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the third quarter of 2012. But the President has dishonestly painted an incomplete picture: nowhere does he mention the actual number of people considered poor, and whether that number has increased, or decreased.
These numbers are provided by surveys, instead: Our unemployment rate rose from 26.6% to 29.4% in the third quarter of 2013. The percentage of all families experiencing involuntary hunger also rose from 18.4 to 21.1 per cent.
As expected, the Aquino administration is hyping up the passage of the Reproductive Health and Sin Tax laws. But what Noynoy has conveniently omitted from his 2012 ‘report’ is the plan to privatize at least 22 public hospitals all over the country for 2013, and the closure of the so-called ‘charity wards’ which cater to indigent patients.
While the RH and Sin Tax Law have alleged benefits to the health of Filipinos, the basic infrastructure for delivering health services (the hospital) is being made inaccessible to the average citizen through privatization and the resulting increase in the fees charged for hospital services.
Finally, Aquino is trying to project himself as pro-human rights with his mention of the Anti-Enforced or Involuntary Disappearance Act. But nothing could be further from the truth. Last November, he dismissed the growing number of human rights violations committed by the Armed Forces this year as ‘propaganda’ in a state visit in New Zealand. He allowed the promotion of the AFP generals involved in the abduction and torture of the activist Jonas Burgos and the ‘Morong 43’ health workers. He also claimed that there were no political prisoners in the country, despite clear data presented by human rights organizations.
The real list of ‘achievements’ of the Aquino administration is the passage of the repressive Cybercrime Law, the initial implementation of workers’ wage cuts via the Two-Tier Wage System, the protection of the pro-administration corrupt partylist group Akbayan, the sabotaging of the distribution of Noynoy’s Hacienda Luisita to the farmers, the politically-motivated investigations against Liberal Party opponents for the 2013 polls, among others.
In other words, no one except the ruling elite of big businesses, landlords, and corrupt bureaucrats are the only ones benefitting from the rule of Aquino. For these people, the Administration has a splendid achievement report for 2012, Anakbayan said.