KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: World Bank: RP growth on the downtrend PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 October 2014 14:14

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

 

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Woe to the wicked! Disaster is upon them! They will be paid back for what their hands have done…” (Isaiah 3:11, the Holy Bible).

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WORLD BANK: RP GROWTH ON THE DOWNTREND: If the claims of President Aquino and his economic advisers that the Philippine economy has grown better and more robust under his term are true, why then is the World Bank downgrading its growth forecast for the country for 2014, from 6.6 to 6.4%, and for 2015, from 6.9 to 6.57%? And why is the World Bank saying that inflation rate is going to further increase in the days to come, thereby fueling price hikes of basic commodities?

The only answer here is that, Aquino’s claims, as well as those of his economic team, that the economy is a lot better under him are simply not true, and are mere lies, designed to continually hoodwink the greater number of Filipinos into blindly supporting him, especially now that moves to extend his term beyond 2016 have shifted to high gear.

The tragic thing about this is that many people, including veteran media personalities who are supposed to know better, are refusing to see the truth about Aquino’s inability to govern, and his many shortcomings as a leader. Unfortunately for us all, many people, including mediamen who are supposed to be better thinkers than the ordinary man on the street, have fallen for the crap that Aquino is honest, not corrupt, and could not be replaced yet.

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EMERGENCY POWERS FOR PNOY: SINISTER: Sinister is the word that describes efforts launched by Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla to give President Aquino emergency powers, to address alleged electricity lack in 2015. The emergency powers, under Petilla’s  plans, would give Aquino the right to lease or acquire generator sets from private companies without bidding, so sufficient power could be generated. Some P6 billion, principally from Malampaya funds, are to be used by Aquino for this purpose.

But, if Petilla’s plans involved the lease or acquisition of power plants that would generate electricity, why did the government sell its power plant in Bicol to a private company, at a sum of about P1.1 billion, just recently? How can Petilla justify the grant of emergency powers to Aquino, to enable the government to lease and acquire generator sets, when the government itself is selling its power plants? What is happening here?

Could it be true that Petilla is pushing the grant of emergency powers for Aquino only as a means by which government money, to the tune of about P6 billion, can be spent without going through bidding and other stringent legal requirements? Can it be true that someone wants negotiated contracts to be entered into so that no one can question the disbursement of money in any way the President shall fancy?

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PNOY MUST GO, TO AVOID DESTRUCTION FOR RP: So, alright, Malacanang is not taking calls for President Aquino to step down from power now, saying that those asking the chief executive to resign represent only a small minority of Filipinos. But the question is not whether the call for Aquino to step down came from a small or a big group of citizens. The question is, is there a real need for Aquino to step down?

The National Transformation Council—a group not just of Catholic bishops but of Protestant and Born Again leaders and of Muslim clerics as well—thinks Aquino must be ousted now, considering its perception that Aquino himself has become the real danger to the country, because he “has subverted and violated the Constitution by corrupting Congress, intimidating the judiciary, taking over the treasury, manipulating the automated voting system, and perverting the constitutional impeachment process…”

And Filipinos in the four corners of the archipelago appear to concur with that perception of Aquino. The recent Pulse Asia survey, showing the nationwide rejection of any term extension for him, confirms that more and more Filipinos are now of the belief that Aquino must go, if we are to avoid complete destruction as a people.

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