The Duterte Admin is failing miserably at one stated goal: unity
By Joe America
The Duterte Administration is failing miserably at one stated goal: unity.
One does not achieve unity through political jailings, undermining human rights, rampant killing of defenseless Filipinos, or climbing into bed with enemies of the State. Nor does one achieve it by demanding obedience of thought and deed and stripping legislators of their positions if they do not toe the demanded line. It is not achieved by forcing independent institutions (legislative bodies, Ombudsman, Commission on Audit, Human Rights Commission, courts) to obey the Executive mandate without voicing objection to proposals or deeds that they believe may damage the Philippines or hurt Filipinos. It is not achieved by martial law.
It’s a shame. We are all so riled up and engaged in battles that do absolutely nothing for the Philippines but chase investors away. For the poverty-wracked Philippines more than any other nation, “it’s the economy, stupid!”
I think the standing government does not comprehend that honest argument BUILDS a nation, it does not tear it down. Impeachment and martial law ought to be last resorts, not first. Just mentioning them makes investors nervous.
STABILITY ought to be the first resort, because that is what investors demand. Investors are crucial to create new jobs and cure the nation’s wretched poverty.
Investors do not ask for stability. It is not optional. They DEMAND it.
I offer this editorial comment because I think what we really ought to be arguing about is NEDA’S Philippine Development Plan, an extraordinarily thorough, objective, and professional document. Then we ought to be joining hands to implement it.
Below is the public version of the plan, set forth in 21 chapters (each a separate pdf file). It is way too much for a person to read in one setting, but I would suggest you pick a chapter you like, and read it, or at least skim through it. That may lead you to further explorations.
It is impossible for Filipinos of any group, interest, or institution to drive the nation to unity. That is squarely the job of the Executive Branch. If that were truly the goal . . . if bettering the Philippine State were a committed goal . . . Executive would be listening to critics, not cursing them. Executive would be working to unify friends and political adversaries because that is the best way to build the nation.
That is simply not happening.
But NEDA’s plan gives the nation some very professional thinking. Indeed, it could be a unifying document, if we let it be. That is, if Executive stops cleaving us into friends and foes and accepts us all as stakeholders worth respecting.
PDP 2017-2022 CHAPTERS
PART I: INTRODUCTION
Chapter 1: The Long View
Chapter 2: Global and Regional Trends and Prospects
PART II: ENHANCING THE SOCIAL FABRIC (“MALASAKIT”)
Chapter 7: Promoting Philippine Culture and Values
PART III: INEQUALITY-REDUCING TRANSFORMATION (“PAGBABAGO”)
Chapter 12: Building Safe and Secure Communities
PART IV: INCREASING GROWTH POTENTIAL (“PATULOY NA PAG-UNLAD”)
Chapter 13: Reaching for the Demographic Dividend
PART V: ENABLING AND SUPPORTIVE ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT
Chapter 15: Ensuring Sound Macroeconomic Policy
PART VI: FOUNDATIONS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Chapter 17: Attaining Just and Lasting Peace
Chapter 18: Ensuring Security, Public Order, and Safety
Chapter 19: Accelerating Infrastructure Development
PART VII: FROM PLAN TO ACTION
Chapter 21: Plan Implementation and Monitoring