MANILA (Mabuhay) – An opposition senator on Tuesday said there is now a failure of governance caused by the administration’s alleged lack of foresight, although he did not blame this solely on President Benigno Aquino III.
“Sabay-sabay na. Power crisis, transportation mess, congestion… ngayon meron pa tayong peace and order [problem]. Next year may water crisis. Pag ganun karami ang problema, I don’t want to say [it], pero meron tayong failure of governance and lack of foresight,” said Sen. JV Ejercito in an interview with reporters.
He said if the administration had foresight, congestion and power crisis could have been prevented as infrastructure projects would have been laid down to address them.
On the problem on power supply, Ejercito noted that “no power plant has been completed under this administration.”
“Ang malungkot, nag-deny ang Secretary hanggang dulo, nung inamin niyang may problema sa power [ay] emergency powers na ang hinihingi,” he said, referring to Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla.
Asked on who should be blamed for the various problems, Ejercito, son of former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, said it should not only be Aquino but his administration as a whole.
“Siguro ang appeal ko sa Gabinete ni Pangulong Aquino, kung may problema ay aminin natin, hindi yung kung kelan malala na ang problema ay saka natin aaminin. Ang tinatamaan si Pangulong Aquino, hindi naman sila,” he said.
He said Cabinet officials should not hide behind Aquino’s popularity and not let him defend them, as criticisms may backfire to the President.
Ejercito added that Aquino should be a multi-tasking president and not just focus on one issue.
“Kailangan siguro kay Pangulong Aquino na matutong magmulti-tasking, hindi yung pag meron siyang pinag-iinitan yun lang tapos nakakalimutan na yung iba,” he said.
“Kailangan siyang maging multi-tasking president in the next two years. Otherwise, pag lumala ang lahat ng problemang ito, pag tumuloy-tuloy ang power crisis ay ayaw naman nating maalala siya na ‘blackout president’,” Ejercito added.
Asked if he would support emergency powers for Aquino, Ejercito said he will if it is really necessary.
“If it would avert a full-blown energy crisis, why not? Kasi ako ay nag-aalala pag nagkaroon tayo ng emergency crisis, rotational brownout sa Metro Manila at Luzon, lahat ng economic gains na ipinagmamalaki ng pamahalaan, lahat nang iyan mawawala. I don’t think it will make the Philippines attractive,” he said. (MNS)