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Op-Ed: Filipinos to Guard Against Crooks

By Maria Narissa Aranzanso     Oct 16, 2009 in World
Weeks went by after the typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng wrecked havoc in the Philippines. The evidence and aftereffects of the catastrophe are still widely seen.
The destruction that was left by the fierce typhoons cannot be taken mildly. The damages will amount to not lesser than 20 billion pesos. The 4.8 billion-peso-aid from other countries is not enough for the Philippines to rise from the present quagmire. While the affected citizens are still in the evacuation centers relying on the relief goods coming from the government and concerned citizens, the Philippines will not be able to rise up from this bad situation.
Metro Manila and the other towns and barrios in Northern Luzon are still under grime, dirt and mud. A lot of people lost their homes and properties and a lot of them also lost their jobs and the lives of their beloved ones. Many business persons and operators lost largely and will surely find it difficult to rise up again. All these people lie in wait and with hope that the government will help so that they will be able to start life back again.
Joint Resolution No. 48 passed the third and the last reading by the Kamara de Representates with a vote of 179-1. This is an authorization to use an additional 12 billion peso supplementary budget for the rehabilitation of those affected and devastated by the typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng. The reason, on the other hand, for Nueva Ecija Representative Edno Joson to oppose the said resolution stands to reason. He is concerned that this act can result to corruption again especially that the elections for 2010 is soon to come. ABS CBN News reported that Representative Joson believes that the resolution involves an illegal transfer of funds. The lone vote is justifiable as it does not clearly specify the allotment and beneficiaries of the said budget.
While the Senate, as declared by Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, vows that they will not pass the 12 billion peso supplemental budget without an assurance that government has appropriations for the said budget, each Juan of the citizenry wonders about the sincerity of the government to aid the sufferings of those affected. But Juan should be more vigilant than hopeful. In a country devastated by calamities, 12 billion pesos is a huge sum of money to squander. If the citizens should not guard it against crooks then again the money will go to only a few and not to the many people who desperately need assistance. The elections are not too far away and that is why Juan should be more watchful. The Filipinos should not allow these crocodiles to feast on the 12 billion peso budget. The flood waters are still high and they lie in wait.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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