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PIA Press Release
2008/11/27

Commentary: Stability despite political noise

By Bong Pedalino

Maasin City (27 November) -- There was a tsunami of political developments lately, like so many ripples criss-crossing each other in a pond disturbed by a drizzle.

Who would have thought a change in leadership could come so soon and so fast at the Senate, at a time when it is investigating two critical issues, the Euro generals and the fertilizer fund mess?

In the same breath, it is somehow awkward to imagine that Bolante and De la Paz would find themselves at the Senate and Lower House, shuttling back and forth one after another, answering virtually the same answers -- and also at the Ombudsman, with more-of-the-same stuff.

We can almost say, with a sense of submission and derision, that this can happen "onli in da Pilipins", but then again, isn't it that actual, real-life drama is far stranger than pure fiction?

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At the other end of the political spectrum, talks on charter change competed for front-page headline and prime time newscasts with yet another impeachment case, the fourth one, year in, year out, since 2005.

As this piece is written the Justice Committee in the Lower House junked the complaint by a landslide, as expected, but the fight will drag on at the plenary and the Supreme Court, and so does the untimely call to amend the Constitution, perpetually dragging everyone's attention with matching doubts of term extension.

Give us a B-R-E-A-K!!!

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Parallel to this chain of events, though, were the successive rollbacks in fuel prices, the latest one a big-time retreat by a small-time player to the shame of giant companies.

You would not imagine that at the present state where the world's economies grapple with stark realities of financial crisis, the price of oil in the global market has dived steadily from a high of $ 147 per barrel four months ago, to less than $ 50 per barrel recently.

But times are as volatile as they look, and threats are high for Pinoy OFWs around the globe to be retrenched, facing potential prospects of returning home for good without security for productivity.

Are our legislators not stricken with this thought? Or are they confident because they have already crafted a legislative safety net for our "modern heroes"?

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We pray for the latter option. Truly, it is striking to notice that despite the ongoing political noise, there is relative calm and stability, with no imminent threats of military adventurism in the works.

For only when our leaders have done their homework can they can rise above petty squabbles.

Indeed, especially at this time of the year when the yuletide season is upon us, we can say "let's move on."

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LOCAL FRONT: Immediately after the last round of impeachment was thrashed at the committee level, DYDM sought the reaction of Cong. Roger Mercado. Anchorman Jade Nombrado quoted the Congressman as saying "husto, angayan ibasura ang impeachment" and that "atubangon ang economic crisis sa kalibutan." I can hear chorus of agreement that priority should be given to the global credit crunch, especially its impact on our country, than political bickering. Well said, Sir.

ODDLY YOURS: Next to Israel, Iraq is the second nation most often described in the Bible. But you cannot find the place, or the name "Iraq", meaning "deep roots", in the Bible at all. Iraq is referred to as Babylon, Mesopotamia, and Land of Shinar. Also, there are 19 items about names of places, events, and persons mentioned in the Bible that can be traced to Iraq. Here are three samples: the Garden of Eden was in Iraq, Noah built the ark in Iraq, and the tower of Babel was in Iraq. (Thanks to Director Olive Tiu for forwarding this info.) (PIA-Southern Leyte) [top]

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