This Yuletide season usher in the taming of the tempest of 2013 for the Philippines.
Catastrophe, man or natures’ made define the year of 2013 for the Philippines. Four of the biggest disastrous events engulfed the nation: The Pork Barrel Scam; The Zamboanga siege of the Nur Misuari faction; The 7.5 magnitude earthquake of the Bohol Province and The world’s worse typhoon Yolanda that hit the Philippines. Also, four less catastrophic events souped-up in the mix: The police rubout in Atimonan Quezon, killing 13 people; the territorial dispute with China over the West Philippine Sea; The Sulu Sultanates revival claims to Sabah; and the Philippine’s Coast Guard shooting of a Taiwanese angler.
However, towards the end of 2013 the taming of the tempest appeared on the horizon. P’Noy appointed former Senator Panfilo Lacson as Rehabilitation Czar to oversee the rehabilitation of the provinces damaged by the Super Typhoon Yolanda with the allocated budget of 40 Billion. Many welcomed the appointment. President Aquino says Ping Lacson is a no non-sense guy. He is impervious to temptation prove for his rejection of his pork barrel during his terms as senator. The public can rest assure no way Lacson would allow the monies for rehabilitation squandered through corruptions.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) continues its pursuit of those personalities involved in the PDAF (Priority Development Assistance Fund) controversy. Justice Secretary Leila De Lima filed the third set of plunder charges against the 30 individuals, lawmakers, bureaucrats, and P’Noy allies, Ruffy Biazon of the Bureau of Customs.
Three significant things emerged on Ruffy Biazon’s implication with the PDAF controversy.
1) Ruffy Biazon resigned right away from his post. While those big names with the monicker “Tanda,” “Sexy” and “Pogi,” sticks to their post tight as a tick, Ruffy Biazon showed “delicadeza.” The money involved in for Biazon is small compared to the three senators.
2) It reinforces P’Noy’s statement, “You go where the evidence takes you” prove that the P’Noy administration spared no one: No sacred cows and no partiality either.
3) A good omen is in sight for the Bureau of Customs (BOC). Before, the BOC leadership was riddled with political appointees. Now, a technocrat, Sunny Sevilla, Usec of the Finance Dept, vouched by Cezar Purisima, the Finance Secretary, would head the agency. P’Noy trusted whoever Purisima recommended.
Gracia Pulido-Tan, another of Purisima’s protege made a good impression as the Chairperson of the Commission on Audit. Commisioner Gracia Pulido-Tan revealed in her COA reports the magnitude of corruption and the impact of the PDAF controversy involving prominent politicians. Sunny Sevilla with his technical expertise in finance would probably shines too. If not, the Bureau of Customs would snatch the bad rap again from P’Noy’s SONA address for 2014.
The four catastrophic events souped-up with relatively less catastrophic events of 2013 tested the mettle of the P’Noy Administration. The impact of those events had been acted on, and on its way to resolution. The audacity of hope persists among the Filipinos because of their resiliency and “Can do” attitude amid the noises of the P’Noy bashers, detractors and critics. “Man of Steel” the women journalists called P’Noy, the way he met these challenges.