A president’s lasting legacy to RP PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 27 July 2015 10:35



LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “If you fully listen to the Lord your God and carefully obey His commands… then He will set you high above all the nations on earth, and all these blessings will come upon you…” (Deuteronomy 28:1-2, the Holy Bible).

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VERITAS TRUTH SURVEY: THE TRUTH HURTS: The release of the Veritas Truth Survey, or the survey conducted by Radio Veritas during the second quarter of 2015, just days before the last State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Aquino, must be causing grave nightmares for him.

Instead of confirming his projected rosy assessment of his tenure as the president of the Philippines from 2010 to 2016 in his last SONA, the truth survey, from the radio station of the Philippine Catholic Church, confirms what many people have known all along: that Aquino is a total failure, not only in battling corruption but in improving the lives of poor Filipinos.

Can Aquino still do something to make good the promises he made in 2010? I believe he can, but only if he resolves to go hammer and thongs even among his closest political allies, by firing them from his Cabinet and suing them for plunder and corruption. But, unfortunately, he is not known to let go of his friends and allies.

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SIX YEAR TERM IS INADEQUATE FOR REAL CHANGES: Indeed, what can a president who has only six years to run the country really do to introduce meaningful changes in the lives of the people who have been poor, gravely abused, and lacking in opportunities in their own land for as long as they can remember?

A six-year term is indeed very short, and will not really yield any substantial changes, even for a president who is highly competent and a proven nationalist. There is simply not much time in a period of six years, especially so when the president is inexperienced, and is bereft of any vision as to how to change the country and its people towards success and prosperity.

That is why it is necessary for anyone aspiring to become president who will have only six years in office to be focused on only one thing, if he or she would like to leave a lasting legacy to our country and our people. What is this one thing that must be focused on by any incoming president?

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WHAT CAN BE A PRESIDENT’S LASTING LEGACY TO RP? It is introducing a program to strengthen the spirituality and faith in God of the Filipino people, regardless of religion, early on in his term. This theory proceeds from the premise that we have, as a nation, already engaged in a lot of programs intended to uplift the welfare of the greater mass of the people, but that these programs have miserably failed to do anything.

We now have to try to include in the agenda of an incoming president an agenda of God, side-by-side with the usual agenda on good governance. We must now insist that a moral recovery program be implemented across all barangays of the country, funded by government money, and which is based on the Bible (and the other holy books of other religious denominations).

Conducting Bible studies, focusing on the lives of men and women who listened to God and obeyed His commands and not simply on religion, must be pursued, including the holding of prayer sessions, in each and every locality, in each and every office of government, whether national or local. This may seem irrelevant, but then it will teach our people to seek out God more often.

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PLEASE LISTEN: “Ang Tanging Daan” (The Sole Way), a Bible study and prayer session on radio, airs Mondays to Fridays, 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., at DWAD 1098 kHz on the AM band. For replays, go to www.facebook.com/angtangingdaan or www.facebook.com/ANDKNK and scroll for “Ang Tanging Daan” broadcasts. Phone: 0922 833 43 96, 0918 574 0193, 0917 984 24 68. Email: batasmauricio@yahoo.com.