What’s new this Christmas and 2016? PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 December 2015 14:29

Table Talk

BY Mike S Apostol

Everything seems new. Political scene, environment, peace and order situation, national government, political candidates, social scene, Facebook and friends, commercial malls in the city, prices of prime commodities, traffic and interest rates on loans.  What remains old and familiar this Christmas 2015 are buying prices of copra and agricultural products, narrow city roads, corruption in almost all agencies, situation of our OFWs abroad, bank interest on saving deposits, made in China products still dominate our convenience stores, taxes on exemption remain high a midst increase on nationwide living standards, the rich becoming richer while the poor poorer. What people should expect to be new in 2016,might be new city mayor, new set of elected city officials, new President of the Republic and probably new prisoners convicted of plunder and massive corruption.

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While the local governments and the AFP hierarchy and law enforcers might be successful in the ban and sale of firecrackers to celebrate Christmas and welcome the new year, yet it is not successful in their campaign against sale of illegal drugs, smuggling and other forms of criminality in our city streets. This illicit business still remained the primary cause of crimes recorded by our law enforcers.In a few days we bid goodbye to year 2015 and we welcome year 2016 with new hope and solution to our economic, political and peace and order problem, this will be the best gift that the government can give the Filipino people, a new future and a new beginning.

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Unsolicited information reveals, that some government and private offices have not given Christmas bonuses and 13th month pay to their employees who have waited for these Christmas windfall to celebrate the Christmas season with their families. Worst, some local government offices in the provinces have not even released the regular salaries of their employees for December 2015. The reason given by their local chief executives is, the province or the city or the municipal local government has no money or has not yet received their national allocation. This is weird, those bonuses and 13th month pay and wages are embedded in their annual budgets. If they say they don’t have the money, then someone might have taken it or used for a different purpose.

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A friend of mine whose mother is working as a nurse and almost to retire in one of the provincial hospitals in the Peninsula, lamented that she cannot spend Christmas with them because until now she has not received her salary and bonuses from the provincial government of Zamboanga del Norte, is this true? This is indeed very sad for the many employees of that provincial hospital. Something has to be done to help the penniless employees who, information reveals that their Christmas will be dark because their electric connections are also cut-off for non payment of electric bills.

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Christmas is sharing, not making someone hungry. It is inhuman to treat others heartlessly while those who are at the advantage are feasting like kings in their homes, merrymaking. This is grossly unfair especially if you are the custodian of your people’s money. Give your employees their due, after all it is not your personal fund. It comes from the people’s taxes.

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Scoop: Every Christmas or December, we hear sad stories such as this. People and high officials seem not to learn. Many elected officials lose in an election because of this bad trait. They still sometimes win because those who were deprived also don’t learn and easily forget and willingly sell their votes for a few hundred pesos. Happy for one day but hard up for three years.This is one bad Filipino voters trait that should change or poor Filipino families will remain in poverty and wallow in misery forever. Agree or disagree.