Published November 20, 2018, 12:05 AM

by Charissa Luci-Atienza & Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat



“Every nation has the government that it deserves.” — Joseph de Maistre

While President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is generally on the right path and is the man of the hour during these critical times, his authoritarian style of governance leaves much to be desired.

Thus, pockets of urgent issues are either sidelined or overlooked, or subordinated to the total war against drugs.

It appears that Pres. Digong Duterte is a single-minded leader with passionate obsessions, such as, the war against drug trafficking, corruption and criminality, which, unfortunately, are unwinnable, interminable, corrosive, and open-ended.

In other words, there are priorities and problems that are just as important to nation building, political stability, and economic growth.

First-City and urban jails, for example, have living condition that are inhuman and cruel due to congestion packed like sardines, that they become veritable breeding grounds for terrorists, drug peddlers, sodomists, homosexuals, hired killers, and thieves.

To decongest our jails and reduce the number of inmates, hardened criminals and those convicted of heinous crimes ought to be condemned to hard labor smashing rocks, in the absence of a death penalty law, until they die of exhaustion, while the others are either rehabilitated or exonerated.

Second — The shortage of schools and overcrowded classrooms are perennial problems of school authorities owing to rapid population growth, and ambivalent and slow reaction of the state to population surge, which results to worsening poverty and unemployment.

The government, constantly scrambling to catch up, should moderate or decelerate the population growth rate to a sustainable level pari-passu with economic growth, with or without the support of the Catholic Church.

Third — Among other many priorities should be the total rehabilitation of the environment by the strict implementation a land use policy, the greening of the countryside, reforestation, strict mining laws, and conservation of coastal marine resources.

Let us make the Philippines verdant, luxuriant, and healthy like Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, and others.

By the way, regarding vehicular gridlocks in urban centers and zany schemes of MMDA, has it never occurred to authorities to moderate or stagger or suspend vehicle importation to match the state of current infrastructure?

Just asking, in view of many lackadaisical schemes.

When all is said and done, instead of whining and moaning, the government should address the core issues of population growth, inadequate infrastructure, urban blight, congestion, and poverty with rigor ad determination.

You be the judge.