P-Noy’s SONA, House & Senate Organization, Water Shortage & Cadiz appointed Solicitor General

FROM MY WINDOW

By NENITA FUENTEBELLA-PEŇONES

I watched President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino’s State of the Nation Address on TV and while it did not include a program for women and he did not say if he will not surrender and give a part of the Philippines’ territory to the rebel group, Moro Islamic Liberation Front like what the previous administration tried to do, I think it is a good beginning for a new President. After all, he can include it in his programs even if he did not mention in his SONA.

He only gave a motherhood statement on the MILF. He should be reminded that this is a separatist and rebel group against our Republic and should not be treated as a state with a belligerent status even if other states try to influence him. As President, he is expected to protect our sovereignty and territorial integrity. The Supreme Court’s  decision on the memorandum of agreement on Ancestral Domain can guide him and his negotiators.

As a whole, the goals P-Noy stated were doable and let’s give him the chance to do it. We are all in the same boat and we should support him for the good of the nation.

I have my doubts if the Truth Commission can accomplish its mission with former Supreme Court Chief Justice Hilario Davide as its head. I wonder if P-Noy read the impeachment complaint against Davide which was documented with official reports of the Commission on Audit.

The Liberal Party candidates for leadership in the House of Representatives and the Senate did not win enough numbers to control both Houses. So, it coalesced with other parties. LP Cong. Feliciano Belmonte was elected as the House Speaker and the following six Deputy Speakers were chosen: CamSur Rep. Arnulfo P. Fuentebella from Nationalist Peoples Coalition; Quezon Rep. Lorenzo Tañada; Northern Samar Rep.  Raul Daza; Zamboanga City Rep. Maria Isabel Climaco from Liberal Party; Cavite Rep. Jesus Crispin Remulla, Nacionalista Party; and Cebu Rep. Pablo Garcia from Lakas-CMD.

Undeclared candidate Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile was elected Senate President anew when LP Sen. Kiko Pangilinan withdrew his candidacy and the LPs supported Enrile. Sen. Manny Villar and the Nacionalistas with him also supported Enrile. Enrile’s election was the result of the coalition of all political parties since both LP candidate Sen. Pangilinan and NP candidate Sen. Manny Villar could not muster 13 votes.

Sen. Jinggoy Estrada would remain Senate President Pro Tempore while Sen. Tito Sotto will be the Senate Majority Leader. Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano will be the Senate Minority Leader.

Sen. Edgardo Angara said it is embarrassing for the Senate to show we cannot rule even ourselves. All the different blocs contributed to the unity of the Senate.

Ambassador Ernesto Maceda wrote the following in the Daily Tribune dated July 27, 2010: “Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile was not supported by Malacañang or the Iglesia ni Cristo. He won on the concensus that he assures an independent Senate and a fair treatment of all senators.”

P-Noy is starting his administration with the cooperation of Congress. They all say they will cooperate on matters that they believe are good for the people. This augurs well for his plans and program.

When I see the serious effect of the water shortage in Metro Manila and other provinces on TV, I pity the people especially the poor who have no money to buy water elsewhere. I also realize who lucky the people are in the 4th district (Partido) of CamSur because they have no water shortage.

The Partido Development Administration’s (PDA) potable water system provides adequate water to the ten towns of the district. Thanks to the PDA established by Deputy Speaker Arnulfo “Noli” Fuentebella, the PDA personnel and especially to the Lord for guiding them to do this project. By the way, Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was co-author of the bill establishing the PDA when she was a senator.

The water shortage is a serious problem just like the rice shortage in the past which needs to be attended to. People cannot live without water. This should be a priority of the administration. We have seen on TV that policemen  were already used in the distribution of water because the people were already quarelling over water.

I wish to correct two sentences erroneously printed in my last week’s column. It should be, “Does President Noynoy Aquino also want to continue imposing it (the nine different Value Added Tax on electricity) on his heavily burdened constituents” and not on his heavy abandoned constituents. The other sentence should be, “From the initial information disclosed to media, the Privatized PAGCORP envisioned by P-Noy will be tax-exempt. “We,” not “He,” can only roll our eyes in amazement at the unbelievable luck that the favored private party or parties will enjoy.”

It’s good to know that another Bicolano from CamSur, Atty. Anselmo Cadiz, was appointed as Solicitor General. He is very qualified and can help P-Noy and the Bicol region.

As usual, I will use my column as a feedback and feedforward mechanism to those concerned and at the same time doing media’s function to inform, educate, entertain, etc. I have never been adversarial and I have no reason to change.

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