Thursday, January 12, 2012

Simmering social volcano waiting to explode

Next week, the impeachment trial teledrama will unfold before an economy-weary nation. This teledrama will hug most of this country's headlines, blanketing the skies and hiding the tired, old faces of working men and women now victimized by skyrocketing oil prices and food stuffs.

The World Bank has already warned countries like the Philippines-- food riots and anti-government sentiments will increase as food risks become extremely obvious. At present, 26 million Filipino families consider themselves unable to eat three square meals a day, a problem which this administration thinks is soluable thru the Pantawid Pamilyang Pinoy program--a program which has been proven to be ineffective in several areas considered as extremely poor.

Joblessness pervades, as both foreign and local investors show weariness and are wary of the present condition of the economy. It does not help that a former president writes about the economic condition, something which she knows very well because she created these crises anyway. 

Next week, expect to be amused as how a Chief Justice can very well spend 14 million cool cash to buy a 300 square meter condo, with just under 70,000 pesos monthly pay. Expect his enemies to dish out every single infraction, and showing him as an illegally appointed Chief Justice whose lifestyle exceeds his income. 

While the dominant elite groups battle it out with elites of the former dispensation, the plight of the Filipino remains unresolved. The financial woes experienced daily by the ordinary Juan dela Cruz will exacerbate to a point that living in Manila is not fun, but extremely dangerous to one's health. 

This inter-elite struggle will come to a boiling point--or some say, a tipping point--where extremes will battle it out with extremes, something like what the world expects of a Pacquiao-Mayweather Jr. fight. 

As elites oust those traditional elites, the dominant issues will remain unresolved. 

Big oil companies use the simmering Middle East conflict as reason enough to further up the ante, while government duets with them and even threatened to impose oil rationing just for the public to accept those skyrocketing prices. 

How then can it be fun in the Philippines when even Filipinos now cannot even travel due to high transportation and food costs?