I’m a huge reader of de Quiros’ column. Always have been. When Mr. de Quiros wrote about what “Support” means, I found it to be distasteful. The President’s millions of voters don’t have to agree with everything he does. In fact, supporters should be the first one to critique the government, and the President. They should be the first to ensure that their votes have not been wasted. It isn’t that people who support the president shouldn’t critique him, it is the manner with which Ms. Paner does her critique. It makes one shake his head. It is the same old shallow arguments, lacking depth or breath, even solutions. Perhaps, how it is presented appeal to the hoi polloi, but one wonders, with friends like these, does the president need enemies?
It seem apt to summon an Eleanor Roosevelt quote. “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” It is apt, don’t you think?
So what happens when people make themselves, how best to describe it? “Irrelevant,” or “troll” ?
The nation has many more important things to discuss, to learn, to explore, to unravel, to build. It will never be a perfect one.
Mr. de Quiros, “I don’t care,” was the right answer.
Rumor has it that Freedom of Information Act and the Responsible Parenthood bill wouldn’t make the cut for Aquino’s first LEDAC agenda. There are 17 bills, which the President has asked Congress to pass.
Freedom of Information Act is vital for the transparency and accountability that the President promised during the campaign. A few weeks ago Doy Santos and I were chatting about it. Would it be ok to visit a government office and ask for their statistics? Will we be entertained at all?
In the Philippines, probably not.
And responsible parenthood? what of it? It doesn’t seem to be part of the whole theme, about taking the straight road. When the president talked about it, the priority was always to reduce corruption, and to right the ship of state. Does it seem right to once and for all, actually take care of our people’s health? To make them more responsible parents, because apparently no one cares for it?
There are strategic and tactical choices of course that the Palace considers. There may not be time to work on all 17 bills to get them out the door. Political triage is a difficult thing to do. Everything is a priority.
If not this administration, then who?
If not now, when?
I would be disappointed when in six years, the Philippines will still have no Freedom of Information Act, and no Responsible Parenthood law. Both are essential to building a nation. One is all about transparency and accountability. And the latter? What is the price of Freedom?
To borrow yet another Eleanor Roosevelt quote, “Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility. For the person who is unwilling to grow up, the person who does not want to carry is own weight, this is a frightening prospect.”
Our people are ready to grow up. This is the gift that many Filipino leaders have long suppressed.
This is the definition of “Support.”