Nobel Prize for Pnoy?
By Apolinario Villalobos
Awwww…come on!!!! Whoever made the recommendation is making a joke. With all the glitches that the government is accumulating, practically every day, who would ever think that the person who heads it espouses peace?
So this government thought that the “Mindanao peace process” is a great accomplishment. Unfortunately, many observers think otherwise. Even the lawmakers, themselves, think so. One lawmaker even threatened that it will never earn their favor. The objective is noble, but in the haste of those involved, there were many oversights committed, one of which is the case of the Sulu sultanate’s claim over Sabah, and consultation was not thoroughly done, as manifested by the petty attack of Zamboanga by Misuari faction of MNLF. The presence of Malaysia in the panel is self-serving, because of the Sabah case. Are there no other countries willing to help mediate, other than Malaysia?
Reportedly, it was Deles, a peace process adviser who made the recommendation for the president as a candidate for such a noble prize. It is not a surprise then, but woefully, it has earned more embarrassment, than admiration and support from the Filipinos. With so many protests against the government, only those who work under him can be proud of him. Some groups claim to be proud as Filipinos, but are ashamed of the government. Are the messages not loud enough for him to hear?
The president earned the animosity of the farmers who were used by the notorious bandits in the government in order to filch money from the national coffer. He earned the hatred of the disaster victims for the slow-footedness of the government for their rehabilitation. He earned the antagonism of the Filipinos in the far-flung villages for the government’s disregard of their plight. He earned the hostility of the youth for the government’s indifference to their real needs that center on affordable education.
The country is not economically and socially peaceful. The noise of hungry mobs fill the air due to the government’s inutility in the face of the rising prices of prime commodities and fuel. The country is slowly eaten up by the surge of invasive foreign entrepreneurs who practically run the economy of the country. The country is slowly sinking down the quagmire of corruption with seemingly no succor in sight. In other words, the government is not at peace with its own people and the country as a whole.
The government should stop its hypocritical nonsensical pronouncement of peace. It falls short in its effort to promote it….or, does it know what it is supposed to do?