But your guess is as good as mine.
Hard times are sweeping across the land but lucky are those who are bachelors like President Noy who don’t have to worry nor mind a child’s enrolment, books, notebooks, school uniforms, school service fees and the like.
I can only empathize with millions of Filipino parents out there hard up figuring out where to source out needed budget for sending kids to school aside from their daily baons.
It’s good and bad Malacañang is holding on tightly on the national budget of almost everything from advertising, public relations to soft and hard projects of some representatives and whatever.
And good to us, this is what we got – sweeping kahirapan.
We have no way at confirming this info but according to the grapevine, President Noy and losing vice presidential running-mate-turned DOTC Sec. Mar Roxas used to rib each other in joy while comparing notes on millions if not billions on savings of public funds.
But what savings?
Savings for what?
Where would those savings go?
Savings on public services? My a_ _!
Public service is an inherent right of the people.
That is why we pay direct and indirect taxes and these taxes should and must be returned back to us the people in the form of better roads, better education, better health benefits and so on.
It’s called social contract.
And that is emblazoned in our Constitution.
Nowhere in our Constitution’s articles allow public officials to hold on the flow of public money, hold on the national budget on infrastructures and other public services.
They may not know it but methinks these public officials could be committing a crime they are not aware of.
They are not aware that because of their good intent at saving public funds, millions of Filipinos are dying of starvation.
Public officials hold public offices built around public trust that must be translated into honest to goodness dispensation of their functions as well as honest dispensation of public money.
And that would be the real meaning of “Daang Matuwid” not of saving, holding on to public funds.
Holding on public money or saving it, is public service denied to us.
And that is not “Daang Matuwid” in any which way you look at it.
Okay there is that “Daang Matuwid” program/battle-cry of the Aquino Administration but who cares if many of us cannot even send our kids to schools this coming school year.
Nothing wrong with saving public funds alright but what’s wrong is holding on to it as if they own it and starving the whole country to death.
For instance, the price of fossil fuel, a commodity which efficiently dictates the unit prices of all other commodities.
The government can actually keep it low if it wants to by simply letting other suppliers in.
Or better yet, put up a shadow business organization tasked at importing nothing but fossil fuel from as far as Russia and other sources who can offer low, lower barrel prices.
They simply have to spend some on it.
Simple idea but a lot of help.
Okay did I hear someone say: “Okay, pag-aaralan po namin yan.”