Filipinos Should Be More Vigilant
By Apolinario Villalobos
The security of Filipinos is beset with threats both internally and externally. The economic security of the Filipinos for survival is threatened by the seemingly chaotic administration of the government. Supposedly cases filed against corrupt officials are moving at a snail’s pace. Prices that soared months ago have not returned to their previous level as the concerned “bright” officials of government agencies have promised. Poverty is embarrassingly becoming an almost way of Filipino life. The economy of the country is alarmingly becoming more dependent on the remittance of OFWs and foreign investments, a clear manifestation that the Philippines is no longer self-sufficient, as even its agriculture has been relegated to the past.
The current administration is in a quandary as to how it can leave a good-enough impression in the minds of the Filipinos when President Pnoy says goodbye in 2016. The administration’s panicky stance even comes to the extent of deceiving the Filipinos by announcing measures for urgent implementation such as hikes in MRT fare that commuters have long been opposing, making use of the holiday seasons to deprive the opposition the opportunity to file protest in the Supreme Court. The Pnoy administration wants to be remembered for whatever transformation the elevated mass transit system will undergo, but at the expense of the poor Filipinos themselves. On the other hand, vigilant sectors see the effort as a prelude to the total privatization of the said transport system.
On the external threat, to date, China is reported to be flexing its muscle, calling on its army to prepare for war. Although alarmed, the far-off gawkers such as the European countries and the United States will definitely not enmesh themselves in a war involving their newly-found “big” economic ally – China. Their relationship with China is well-entrenched, and its expansion may even benefit them in the long run. Small ally- countries such as Philippines, are just their “military bases” in Asia, anyway. If they abandon their support to these countries, they have nothing to lose because of the more important economic ties with China.
Restlessness in countries where OFWs are deployed for the much needed remittances has caused the unending treks towards home of these modern-day heroes. With them back home without jobs, unemployment in the country has quadrupled, even quintupled, as their number has been added to the thousands of displaced victims of natural calamities.
Filipinos should not be deceived by the absence of loud and violent demonstrations and rallies that characterized the administration of Marcos. The pent up threats and restlessness is akin to a bomb that can explode anytime.