FROM MY WINDOW
By NENITA FUENTEBELLA-PEŇONES
President Noynoy Aquino’s anti Wang-Wang policy gives a message that everybody should follow traffic rules and there should be no “palakasan”. It shows that order in our roads is a priority of his administration. That is laudable. I only hope he will exempt himself and all those mentioned in the Constitution in the line of succession to the presidency for the sake of the country’s political stability. Remember, US President John F. Kennedy was shot on the road by a killer and the strict US security was not able to prevent it.
In line with P-Noy’s message of priority, I hope the Naga City administration will now implement the Anti-Noise Pollution Ordinance. This ordinance is not only about order on the roads but it is pro-health and pro-peaceful environment.
The Daily Tribune dated July 7, 2010 reported that there is talk today in Malacañang of the probability of having the Davide Truth Commission probe not just former President Gloria M. Arroyo but President Fidel Ramos and Joseph Estrada for alleged irregularities. This idea was reported coming from Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales, who along with his bishop has been noticeable actively meddling in politics.
The editorial said, “Still, it may be good idea for the Davide-led truth Commission, to include the Cory Aquino administration and not just the Estrada and Ramos administrations, as the probe should show that the Cory administration was hardly as clean and sainted as the yellow media then portrayed it.”
I wonder if Cardinal Rosales has read the book “Greed and Betrayal” by Cecilio Arillo which shows the opposite of what was written by the yellow media on the Cory administration and the newspapers during her administration which reported about irregularities.
Well, I only want to agree that if the Truth Commission will probe not only Gloria M. Arroyo’s administration but also Ramos’ and Estrada’s administrations, it should also include President Cory Aquino’s administration so that the people can pass judgment on all the past administrations.
I do not believe that the Truth Commission is necessary. Its function is just a duplication of the function of the Department of Justice. It does not even have the power to prosecute. For the Truth Commission to have a semblance of impartiality, it should include former Chief Justices of the Supreme Court Andres Narvasa, Reynato Puno and Artemio Panganiban who are very much alive, able and strong.
The Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010 known as Republic Act 9994 took effect this July 6, 2010. Social Welfare and Development Sec. Dinky Soliman reportedly warned senior citizens not to abuse the law as they are at risk of a P50,000 to P100,000 penalty if found guilty of violating any provision of this law.
“The Republic Act (RA 9994) ensures senior citizens that they are going to enjoy the full 20 percent discount ant exemption from Value Added Tax (VAT) on the purchase of goods and services; five percent on electric and water consumption provided that the invidual meters for the utilities are registered in the name of the senior citizen and that monthly consumption should not exeed 100 kilowatt hours for electricity per month and 30 cubic meters of water per month.
Government hospitals should give free influenza vaccines for poor senior citizens. Senior citizens could also avail themselves of a 20 percent discount on essential medical supplies such as dentures, crutches, and eyeglasses from public and private hospitals.
“If a senior citizen has Philhealth card, this will be considered a separate benefit from the 20 percent discount,” said Soliman.
Soliman asked establishments to grant senior citizens 20 percent discount or they will suffer a penaly of not less than P50,000 but not more than P100,000 and minimum of one year imprisonment for the first offense.
Let’s thank God for these benefits at this hard time.