First Hundred Days

Opinions Unlimited

by Atty. Tony(APA) Acyatan (Atty. APA – chairman of Acyatan & Co., CPAs-DFK International is president of PICPA in 1990 and ASEAN Federation of CPAs (1998-2000) and Accountancy Hall-of-Famer (2006).

TOO EARLY:  Pres. Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III reported to the nation on what he has done in his first 100 days as Philippine president.  He also detailed (some say mostly rhetorical and repetitive), what he intends to do hereafter – and what reformatory projects are on-going.  He cited certain “major-major” programs that will be launched soon to complement and sustain the initial socio-economic successes of his young administration.

Majority of our citizenry gave P-Noy above-average performance rating, not too-excellent, but enough to be considered as above par.  As usual, there are those minority groups that considered his early records as mediocre and off-tangent.  They claim that their concerns – involving human rights and dole-outs for the poor are not sufficiently being addressed.  P-Noy seems unbothered – and rightly so, by those adverse ratings.  These traditional “whiners” will do their things, regardless of whoever is president!

HOPEFUL:  The general consensus is faith and hope in what the president is doing.  Opinions Unlimited bids P-Noy good luck.  When one’s intentions are noble, luck is usually on his side – with ample blessings from above. We hasten to add, though – that he should track performance based on vision and mission rather than in comparison with PGMA’s records. It is easy to chart record performance, using the questionable tracks of the past.

In the last six months, our country performed well economically.  Inflation has been reined, the domestic currency appears stronger.  The peso’s exchange value is buoyed up by our surprisingly higher gross international reserves (over $50 billion), and the continually increasing FX inflows from OFWs.  There are also positive inflows of investments that promote day-to-day transactions in our local stock exchange.  We say, so far – so good, Mr. President!


REALTY:  Our housing industry is very slow in getting off the ground because of government red-tape that facilitates graft and corruption.  At the start, conversion of lands for housing development requires per square-meter “Lagay” to LGU executives and legislators.  Developers have to deal also with the municipal and provincial agrarian reform officers.  The local and provincial assessors also join the graft scenario.

The bloodier stages come as housing units are sold.  Certain revenue district offices intentionally delay issuance of the certificates authorizing registration – despite a per transaction graft quota.  Typists and signatories in the Register of Deeds have per title imposition (without benefit of ORs).  Added woes are contributed by DAR examiners claiming insufficiency of compliance with the Agrarian Reform Law.  We respectfully endorse these corruption findings to the Anti-Graft team of P-Noy.

NEWSLINES:  Following are news items from local broadsheets:  “Grocery owner shot dead”, “two bullet-riddled bodies found”, “barangay candidate shot to death”, “volunteer nurse raped, paralyzed”, “boy stabbed dead at EDSA”, and “taxi driver held-up, killed”.  These kinds of news are heard daily – indicating potential threats to life and property everywhere we may be in our beleaguered country.  What’s has happened to our country?

Indeed, our police authorities have gargantuan challenges on their shoulders.  In these trying times – more effective leadership is called for, to somehow repair the overly tarnished image of our national police.  Our God may have showered us with major problems – but let us be assured that He also provides us with the appropriate solutions.  Trust in the Lord – and He will save us from damnation.  Amen!

LESSONS:  Reputation is the shell a man discards when he leaves life for immortality. His character is what he takes with him.


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