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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

We do not feel Duterte's effect and that's just fine

(By Vicky Abad)

Jim Paredes says the craziest things indeed.

His BARYA statement against the Duterte government got me thinking... Oo nga, after 7 months - ano nga ba epekto ni Duterte sa buhay ko?

Para ngang wala. Maybe because I am NOT:

- A senior citizen (they got 1k more pension),

- A farmer or fisherman (they have Manny Pinol and are now slowly reaping the benefits of reforms at the DAR)

- An OFW (so the newly improved airports and shuttle services, the One Stop shops of services, the support to Saudi OFWs, less fees to be paid, etc)

- A drug manufacturer, distributor, lord, pusher nor an addict or a family member of one (so the war on drugs was not a 'to-my-face effort of the government - barya nga - as I was unaffected by this)

- A person from Visayas and Mindanao (who am sure are probably already feeling the impact of government funds now being made available to those areas)

- A person who lives in Davao, Naga or Surigao when calamity struck - so no government help came to me nor was needed

- Someone who needs financial help to buy my maintenance medicines (unlike those who can now reach to to DSWD for help - thank God for the provisions of a good source of income for this)

- Affected by Mining Operations and their ills (so walang effect sa akin ang galing at malasakit ni Ms Gina Lopez)

- A Social Media person - so was not recently recognized for my voluntary efforts and invited to the Malacanang

- Someone who recently needs a Driver's License, a Passport, LTO registrations so again unaffected by the government's efforts in the area plus I have a car club who helps me with those.

- Someone who lives in residential places riddled with criminality amplified by drug addiction, vagrancy and petty criminals

- Marginalized so corruption in government is, at best, a nuisance to me but nothing that a few hundred pesos cannot overturn.

- A Teacher, Nurse, contractual worker, Soldier or policeman that have long been suffering poor pay for valuable services to the country.

- LIKELY to pass regularly through recent roadworks that have been completed in a rush for the commuters' convenience

I am, however, a TAX PAYER and maybe Jim Paredes' clamor that all of Pres Duterte's government's efforts are all BARYA LANG, is in part, true.

BUT, I will take BARYA everyday - even if it least impacts my life today, yet probably means a whole lot more to people who did benefit from all of this government's effort in the past 7 months pa lang!


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