The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported that the Shilan Beckel Road (KM 263_740) in Cordillera Autonomous Region is closed to traffic, while the Baguio Bontoc Road (KM 283+800) Topdac Section is partly passable due to rockslides.
Everywhere it would seem people like to talk about the President’s Porsche. (No, not the image above, that’s just a Porsche I got from the webs). What’s with the fascination with the car?
As Buwayahman pointed out, the President used his personal funds. Funds that no one, but the President ought to be concerned about, because it is none of our business. How he spends his money, and who he spends his free time with is his problem, not the nation’s. His Statement of Assets and Liabilities show he isn’t a poor man. And everyone who voted for him knows that he isn’t poor. How the President spends our money, now that’s a different thing.
This tweet by @angmungo asked, “Why are people talking about this car? Because there’s not much else to talk about when it comes to the President’s acts.”
Actually, there are loads of things to talk about. Things that are not sexy and doesn’t attract headlines, traffic and definitely doesn’t boost ratings. So boring has our national life become that we worry about the President’s car, or distractions like Charter Change.
But the challenges of our time haven’t changed. They’re just different because people— however imperfect the solution— are working to solve them.
What are some of those issues?
Stuart Santiago for example is talking about Eat Bulaga versus RH!
Francis Acero is talking about The Equal Protection Clause.
Dean Jorge Bocobo is all over Education’s Big Budget, and even Bigger Agenda.
There is the issue of General Garcia, which the Palace as provided a brief on.
There are many issues in the day, and people focus on the least important of the lot. What does that say about the quality of our discourse?
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OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
OF THE PHILIPPINES
MEMORANDUM CIRCULAR NO. 4
Upon the recommendation of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) and in view of the continuing inclement weather brought by typhoon “Juan,” work in governement offices in Regions I, II and CAR is hereby suspended tomorrow, 19 October 2010.
However, those agencies whose functions involve the delivery of basic health services, preparedness/response to disasters and calamities, and/or the performance of other vital public services shall continue with their operations and render the necessary services.
This Circular shall take effect immediatley.
By authority of the President,
for PAQUITO N. OCHOA, JR.
(Sgd.) JOSE AMOR M. AMORADO
Senior Deputy Executive Secretary