Uncertain future

Published March 16, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

CHAFF FROM THE GRAIN

By FORMER PRESS SECRETARY HECTOR R.R. VILLANUEVA

“What the American public always want is a tragedy with a happy ending.”
— William Dean Howells

By Hector R. R. Villanueva
Hector R. R. Villanueva

During the early period of the Renaissance, about five or six centuries ago, the bubonic plague or Black Death nearly wipedout one third of Europe’s population as modern medicine was still in its infancy. Hygiene was unavailable, community care was primitive, and information was not easily accessible.

Today, while the rapid spread of the coronavirus or COVID-19 is not only alarming but is also an unexpected phenomenon, anyone with a pulmonary problem, or headache, or coughing, or fever automatically becomes a suspect or courier of COVD-19.

However, vaccines, modern science, prompt government action, lockdowns, information sharing, preventive medicine, and international cooperation will hopefully shorten or contain the spread of the virus earlier than projected.

Nonetheless, the Philippines faces an uncertain future not only on the awesome spread of the coronavirus all over the world but also on its impact and fallout on the poor, the economy, tourism, employment, health, national security, public safety, and investments.

Thus, the government and private sector should calm the public, avoid panic and avoid alarmism.
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte laments the lack of potential leaders today to lead the nation and the next generation.

The dearth of national leaders, as perceived by Digong Duterte, is partly his own undoing owning to the President’s peculiar and unorthodox mode of recruiting people into public service.

In the United States, with every incoming administration, the President tends to entice outstanding executives from the private sector and academe on a contractual basis for the duration in the service of the country.

The net is cast far and wide to ensnare the best and the brightest regardless of politics.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has the perplexing task of tackling and containing the spread of the coronavirus as well as the search of outstanding Filipinos to lead the nation after he shall have left office in 2022.

The next president need not be fixated on killing or wanting to be killed to achieve his mission.
President Duterte is reminded that he has not succeeded in changing the ethos of the people or revise and upgraded the 1987 Constitution while remaining trusted and popular.

With two years remaining, President DigongDuterte has the awesome challenge of containing the coronavirus contagion as well as search for a worthy successor, or succeeded.
You be the judge.

 
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