How many billion pesos more to lose?
THERE’S a very thought-provoking article that former US State Secretary Madeleine Albright recently wrote in the New York Times.
Its title, “Will We Stop Trump Before It’s Too Late?”, is a little deceptive in that it suggested that it was a purely American concern that she was writing about. It was not.
In fact, it was about the resurrection of an old threat to world order. “Fascism - and the tendencies that lead towards fascism - pose a more serious threat now than at any time since the end of World War II,” Albright warned.
“Today, we are in a new era, testing whether the democratic banner can remain aloft amid... rogue social media and cynical schemes of ambitious men,” she wrote, noting “the raw anger that feeds fascism.”
She mentioned the Philippines as among the United States allies, along with Hungary, Poland and Turkey, where warning signs have emerged in the form of “relentless grab for more authority by the governing parties.”
The assertion will surely not sit well with the Duterte administration which has consistently denied that it was lusting for more power, justifying the many stiff and overreaching measures that it has taken as necessary for the preservation of the Republic and the execution of its change agenda.
We cannot ignore, however, the vicious attacks on Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno and their impact on the independence of the judiciary.
Duterte already has Congress or at least the House of Representatives firmly committed to do anything at his bidding as most recently demonstrated by their speaker’s reaction to the president’s order to fast-track Sereno’s impeachment.
If the judiciary falls, what will become of democracy in this country? Albright emphasized the need for a free press that will defend the truth as a safeguard against the concentration of too much power in one office. I’m afraid that she’s asking too much.
-o0oWhat, the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system will cost us P1 billion more? How much longer will we have to wait before the BRT project is implemented and how more more will it cost the Cebuanos? Look, we have been talking about the BRT for more or less 25 years now.
That’s a quarter of a century already. All the Cebu City officials, including former mayor Michael Rama, have at one time or another said the BRT was good.
Now, only Mayor Tomas Osmeña is left
product. And you can create more products. And you can even create new businesses to serve more people.”
Our country specially needs entrepreneurs and business people! Businesses create and provide job opportunities. Providing jobs help keep families together in our country.
Bo continues by saying “Don’t be content with just maintaining the special gift that God has given you. Develop it. Expand it. Multiply it. Make it grow. The best thing about growing? You inspire others to grow as well.”
pushing for this type of mass transport system. What happened to the others?
Let’s not wait for the day when we shall have lost many more billions of pesos before we get the first buses rolling.
Let’s set aside the fact that it was Osmeña who thought of the BRT and is likely to get credit if it succeeds.
Besides, if, as his critics claim, the BRT is going to be a disaster, it’s going to be Osmeña’s head on the chopping block, anyway. the actor Brad Pitt. I came away from the 2004 movie Troy really thinking, “Hector the brave, Achilles the god, Paris the… ” Nevermind.
And here, we must pause on this journey on the Styx and think of Baguio.
On Facebook, that platform we alternately love, hate, and love to hate, Achilles Costales posts a long letter that assails the Baguio government’s current plan to turn that section of Burnham Park that was for decades home to the Baguio City Auditorium and later the Baguio City Library into a mammoth parking lot. We stand with him and the Baguio City-zens opposed to the commercialization of that area of the city park.
And next week, we must go there.
My Dearest Michael, Learn from Bo! Not easy to do, but God wants you to!
Do not let your right hand know the good that your left hand is doing. Remember that if people praise you for the good you have done, you will have received your reward on earth and will no longer be rewarded in heaven.
Use your abilities! Give back to God! Share your blessings! Be focused. Live purposefully. And live abundantly. was something I looked forward to during suppers.
Getting there was already exciting as we chartered a whole bus from Victory Liner for us. We realized that it would cost more for us with 5 vehicles for gas, drivers and toll gate. We could have been worried if a family was delayed for whatever reason. Here we all traveled all together. We have a driver and conductor plus a stewardess all to our beck and call. Reclining seats and a personal multi media system, a first of its kind, just for us and the free wifi too.
We were all picked up in Mansion House. Parked all our vehicles in JB's place for this trip until we return. Another bus was to accommodate us to the ship and back too at no cost for this cruise.
We could never be all together for a trip to Europe or the States. This was a first for us all. All together.