I know, you’re probably fed up with B.S. Aquino’s silly, boring, unpresidential blame game. For the past week, the country’s modern-day princeling spent most of his time blaming others (e.g., the local government of Tacloban, former president and current congresswoman Gloria Arroyo, ‘developed countries’, including man-caused global warming) except himself.
B.S. Aquino probably thinks he is beyond reproach. That he’s untouchable and cannot be blamed for his or his regime’s incompetence. After blaming local government officials of Tacloban, who were also victims of Yolanda tragedy that is feared to have killed over 5,000 Filipinos, the president doubled down on his politics of blame avoidance when he focused his unscientific, unpresidential tirade on man-made global warming.
In an interview with CNN, B.S. Aquino said: “especially the most developed countries that are contributing immensely to the global warming, there has to be a sense of moral responsibility that what they wreak is playing havoc on the lives of so many others who are less capable of fending for themselves.”
Although the president didn’t– or couldn’t– articulate his own man-made global warming policies, he probably wants to globally criminalize 80-95 percent of future fossil fuel use and force people, especially those living in third world countries, to live on expensive, unreliable alternative (solar and wind) energy.
So, here are 10 silly, stupid things that make things worse for the super-typhoon survivors and victims:
1. B.S. Aquino’s blame game or politics of blame avoidance
Here’s the timeline of the president’s blame game:
- November 10: The President blames local officials of Tacloban for lack of preparation that led to high death toll.
- November 11: The President’s henchmen claim their boss is not blaming anyone. Cabinet Sec. Jose Almendras said: “Hindi po kami nanunuro. Wala po kaming sinisi. Ang sinasabi ko lang po, napakaimportante na meron kaming katuwang, meron pong makakasabi sa amin kung saan dadalhin ang tulong.”
2. The B.S. Aquino regime’s incompetence
Thanks to international media (CNN, BBC, and others) for exposing the current administration’s sheer incompetence and inability to organize relief operations.
CNN’s Anderson Cooper described the government’s recovery and relief operations ‘disorganized’
“It is a very desperate situation, among the most desperate I’ve seen in covering disasters…You would expect perhaps to see a feeding center that had been set up for 5 days after the storm. We haven’t seen that, not in this area,” Cooper reported.
BBC’s Jon Donnison also noticed that “there does not seem to be an effective operation to get help to those in need.”
3. The Government’s taxing of donations and relief goods
Bureau of Internal Revenue chief Kim Henares foreign donations and relief goods may be exempt from taxes and import duties as long as they are channeled through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) or accredited private foundations.
Henares said that under Section 18 of Republic Act 10121 or the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010, international humanitarian assistance in the form of relief goods are spared from tax.
“Now for the VAT (Value Added Tax), these are VAT exempt but if there’s any VAT, as long as the donation is made to NDRRMC (National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council), it is going to be paid for by government via tax expenditure,” Henares said.
Very clearly, this means that if you don’t trust the government and its agencies and if you want NGOs and private charitable organizations to be the recipient of your donation or relief goods, tough luck! Your donation is NOT tax exempt!
4. Foreign medical missions meet RP’s protectionism and bureaucratic red tape
- WATCH related video HERE.
Not many Filipinos know that foreign doctors are BANNED, by law, to practice here in the Philippines. However, foreign doctors may conduct medical missions (or practice medicine in the name of charity) in the Philippines provided they meet certain RECIPROCITY requirements. Which means that foreign physicians, whose country grants reciprocity for Filipino physicians to practice, may be given Special Permits by the Professional Regulation Commission.
According to the Department of Health, the Special Permit may only be given to a foreign applicant after complying with certain qualifications and requirements, and that the permit is valid only for one year. I believe the fastest way to conduct medical mission in the Philippines to help super-typhoon victims is to send a HOSPITAL SHIP (see photo below) and conduct the mission just outside RP’s territorial waters. (Read related blog story)
5. Traditional politics and red tape
I’m glad Leyte Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez finally this bitter fact in Philippine politics.
“Ang problema talaga, logistics because only three teams from the government arrive everyday. That’s only 9 truckloads a day to service the whole western part of Leyte,” she told dzMM.
“Another problem is the process. Pagdating ng relief goods, tinu-turn over siya sa DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development) and they have created a system na alam ko namang maganda ang intention, para equitable ang distribution, kaya lang in a crisis like this, andami nang naghihintay.”
Torres-Gomez also claimed that politics is preventing help from reaching famished survivors. She cited the story of a barangay councilor who asked for relief goods on behalf of his constituents but was turned away because of politics.
6. Disgusting politization of Yolanda death statistics
B.S. Aquino turned a little bit tyrannical when he declared that figures related to the tragedy would only come from “one voice”: the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC)
Why not allow private entities to help update death statistics and figures related to the tragedy?
7. Looters, muggers and unnecessary violence
Looting was reported. Looting in times of crisis is worse than treason. This prompted Davao mayor and ‘hitman’ Rodrigo Duterte to issue the following advice: “Shoot looters.”
Violence and shooting incidents in some super-typhoon-stricken areas.
8. B.S. Aquino’s new bogeyman: MAN-MADE GLOBAL WARMING
Every thinking, independent-minded Filipino should be disgusted by B.S. Aquino’s climate change czar Yeb Sano‘s award-winning political stunt at a UN meeting and attempt to politicize natural disasters in the Philippines.
“It has become clear that there are now impacts from climate change that can no longer be avoided,” Mr. Sano said.
His proposed policy? He said: “It is therefore essential that we establish an international mechanism on loss and damage here in Warsaw and address this crisis once and for all.”
But like Alex Epstein, energy expert and founder of the Center for Industrial Progress, said: “Had the Philippines been a more industrialized country, it would have likely had much closer to the 100-200 deaths of Hurricane Sandy than the thousands that have been reported so far.”
Epstein also shows the deadly implications of Sano’s and other AGW alarmists’ proposal to save this planet from MAN-MADE global warming (with very minor paraphrasing):
It would mean that the 1.4 billion people around the world who lack electricity—and thus have a life expectancy of 48—would not be lifted out of poverty, but would be joined by billions more.
It would mean a far dirtier environment—only high-energy, highly-developed countries have clean environments. And it would mean a far more dangerous climate.
While [Sano] makes time to publicly declare his solidarity with the victims, he should take some time to think about what would have actually protected them: industrial development powered by affordable, reliable energy. Had the Philippines been a more industrialized country, it would have likely had much closer to the 100-200 deaths of Hurricane Sandy than thethousands that have been reported so far.
To [Mr. Sano], affordable, reliable energy from fossil fuels is a meaningless abstraction. He may know that there is energy involved in fueling his limo or chartered jet or Hollywood galas. He certainly doesn’t seem to realize that energy is the key to anyone and everyone having food, clothing, shelter, transportation, medical care, and leisure time. Or that all sources of energy aren’t created equal.
9. Philippines’ PROTECTIONISM
The survivors and families need relief goods and donations. But what they badly need is a long-term survival plan/solution. They need jobs! And it’s time to change the charter and allow and encourage foreign investors to join our economy and create jobs.
Now is the critical time for the president to tear down the country’s protectionist walls.
The solution to the Philippines’ poverty problem is ECONOMIC FREEDOM:
- Eliminate certain taxes or lower tax rates. Taxes that can be eliminated are income tax, estate tax, capital gains tax, property tax, community tax, and corporate income tax. The government may focus on consumption tax as its source of revenue. However, the elimination of taxes should be done in a gradual, cautious manner.
- Lower government spending
- Privatization. It is time to privatize all government-owned and controlled corporations.
- Legalize gambling and lottery. Allow both foreign and local entrepreneurs to run gambling and lottery businesses. Let them compete with each other.
- Allow 100% foreign ownership of land and business.
- Allow foreign professionals to practice their professions here.
- Allow foreigners to put up schools, media, public utilities, etc.
- Allow foreign investors to put up power companies and compete with Filipino-owned power utilities.
- Decontrol or deregulate by repealing economic regulations and restrictions.
- Allow private insurers and social security companies to compete with SSS and GSIS.
- Abolish certain government departments and agencies like DepEd, CHED, DSWD, DOH, national housing authority, NFA, DPWH, DoE etc. But this should be done gradually.
- Abolish certain welfare programs like PhilHealth, government loan programs, subsidies, etc.
- More focus on our judiciary or court system, police, and military.
10. Filipino politicians’ and s0-called intellectuals’ anti-capitalist mentality
After what we did to American property/business owners in 1974– kicking their asses off this country– they’re still willing to help. After Dictator Marcos allowed Parity Rights to expire in 1974, every American doing business or living in… the Philippines was FORCED to sell his/her property because of the BAN on foreigners from owning lands and the 60-40 business ownership limit. Who purchased their property at probably ‘bargain’ value? Probably the Marcos cronies and Filipino oligarchs.
After that the Americans heavily traded with Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, China where they were ALLOWED PARITY RIGHTS. Americans could own 100% of business equity in these Asian countries. In South Korea, Japan and Taiwan, Americans are FULLY ALLOWED to own lands.
Like this American philosopher said: What the Philippines need is a relief program for economic freedom.
Michael J. Hurd wrote:
If nations such as the Phillippines are to survive the next storm, it’s ideas they most desperately need.
What kind of ideas? Reason. Science. Technology. Free markets.
Most of these third world countries are that way for a reason. They’re riddled with ignorance and superstition. They place faith in higher powers above rational confidence in the human mind. They succumb to petty dictatorships, because they lack the self-respect to overthrow these authoritarian rulers in favor of a system based on laws, private property and individual rights.
… If you feel sorry for the people in the Philippines, and you wish to support a charity on their behalf, by all means do so.
But if you really want them to survive the next disaster, and go beyond mere survival, then why not do whatever you can to support the ideas that make these things possible? Push for freedom in America, and push for freedom in the rest of the world. Get the government out of the charity business internationally, and get the government off the backs of business–and science–in our own country. When America has moved towards freedom in the past, the world often follows by example. By selfishly upholding your own freedom and individual rights, you’re upholding it for everyone.
Human beings all require the same thing. Whether you’re in the Phillippines, or in America, your means of survival is reason, and your means of implementing it is freedom. That poor victim in the Phillippines suffering from a natural disaster desperately needs the Declaration of Independence, for-profit companies unhampered by government, and scientific pursuit untainted by ancient, irrational superstition.