Commentary: Of national pride
Baguio City (1 December) -- On the latest Pulse Asia Survey saying that one in every three Filipinos wants to move to another country and almost one quarter believes the Philippines is hopeless, poisoned politics is the root of the ripple of pessimism in the country right now, but this is being dented by growing confidence in the economy and the brightening prospects for next year.
The disgust of the people over the politics of personality, hatred and destabilization is evident, as they themselves witness how these pull down the economy and distract the momentum of our fight against abject poverty, the root of hopelessness.
Government acknowledges the sacrifice of Filipinos seeking better opportunities abroad, for their families and for the country, but it is not stopping to look for ways to keep them home by aiming at a strong economy generating well paying jobs.
Meanwhile, President Arroyo has expressed concern over the remarks of "an ally and good friend," Prime Minister Thaksin. She has directed the officials of the games to conduct a thorough and impartial investigation into the matter and submit an official report within 24 hours.
The leadership and officials of the games must see to it that the charge is promptly and thoroughly investigated, and immediately put out the results of the probe before the whole atmosphere turns sour. It is everyone's duty to be just and fair without bias towards any country or team. Sobriety and prudence are called for. We must treasure the solidarity and friendship among the competitors and their respective nations-as a tribute to the Southeast Asian neighborhood to which we all belong.
At the same time, we must not let this dampener sink the spirits of our athletes and dilute national pride. We must keep a high moral ground so that national pride in our victories will have weight and meaning. (PIA) [top]