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PNoy’s “referral governance”

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LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act…” (Proverbs 3:27, the Holy Bible).

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PNOY’S “REFERRAL GOVERNANCE”: There must be something terribly wrong with the government when, in answer to situations, events, and problems, all that top government leaders would—and could—do is to refer the situation, event, and problem to subordinate officials, and thereafter trumpet the claim that, by such referral, they have already done something which their constituents should praise.

This is what is happening—and, in fact, what had been happening—with the Aquino government since it took power in 2010. Rather than “righteous governance”, what has been in place is “referral governance”. For example, do you remember what President Aquino did during the Luneta hostage crisis early on in his term?

He simply referred the matter to police officials and city authorities, that’s what—and almost a dozen tourists and other people got killed! And this had been the sorry standard of government action ever since: whenever a problem confronted the Aquino government, the most concrete action of the President had always been the referral of that problem to his subordinates, nothing more, nothing less.

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EVIL OF “REFERRAL GOVERNANCE”: Examples of this kind of a “referral governance” in fact continue to abound today, four years into Aquino’s six-year term, and less than two years before he bows out from Malacanang. Let me cite just a few of them, starting off with the problem of how to allow some 100,000 scholars funded by pork barrel allocations to continue with their studies, after the allocations were declared illegal.

Secretary Sonny Coloma of the Presidential Communications Group told mediamen that, in solving the scholars’ problem, President Aquino once again referred the matter to the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), even if CHED appeared unable to find a solution because it is not authorized to disburse any fund for the tuition of the students.

Then, on the rising prices of rice, garlic, and other basic necessities, and petroleum products as well, mere referrals were similarly made by the President to the agencies having to do with these particular concerns. The problem is that, despite the referrals, the prices of those commodities continued to spiral, causing greater hardship among the poor and the marginalized.

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CONCRETE ACTION IS REQUIRED: Clearly, the Bible frowns on this kind of a system of solving problems, by merely referring them to someone else, without any concrete action being undertaken by the President in helping those who are in need or who are in trouble. In James 2:14-16, there is a great admonition against mere “lip service” kind of helping.

This part of the Bible says: “What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, `Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?”

And in the story of the Good Samaritan narrated by Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, in Luke 10:30-37 of the Bible, it was made clear that a concrete action to help others solve their problems is required so that one would merit eternal life with God. I hope that in its pretense on righteousness, the Aquino government will find the will to act more concretely in solving the country’s ills.

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REMINDERS: Please tune in: “Tambalang Batas at Somintac sa DZEC”, at 1062 kHz on the AM band, Mondays to Fridays, at 6 a.m., simulcast, real time, over www.eaglenews.ph;  “Kakampi Mo Ang Batas sa Radyo Trabungko FM”, at 103.7 mHz in Don Carlos, Bukidnon, Mondays to Fridays, at 7 a.m.; and “Kakampi Mo Ang Batas sa DYKA” at 801 kHz on the AM band (Panay Island), Mondays to Fridays, at 10 a.m.  -30-

By Atty. Batas Mauricio




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