Senators optimistic as New Year approaches
AS THE country is nearing 2017, senators expressed various reactions as they were all optimistic that the coming year will be fruitful for the nation and the people amid the many challenges the country is facing.
Senator Panfilo Lacson expressed the belief that President Rodrigo Duterte can very well be the best president the country ever had but advised the chief executive to discard some of the old habits of a mayor and develop into a national leader and statesman.
Saying he continues to wish the President a lot of success like most Filipinos do, Lacson said that there may be no better gift to the Filipino but to bequeath to the next generation of Filipinos a nation worthy of respect from all the other countries in the world – a “Singapore sans dictatorial rule”.
With the President transforming himself to become multi-dimensional, discarding some old habits of a mayor, and focusing on becoming a national leader and statesman, Lacson sees Duterte as a driving force in eradicating corruption where he really can make a difference owing to his political will and resoluteness.
“Once corruption is eradicated, many great things can happen to our country as a matter of course,” Lacson said.
Lacson added that the war on drugs is already being addressed with vigor and the President can remain as the driving force behind the scenes.
For her part, Senator Nancy Binay wished the country a better year in 2017 confident that with the unity and cooperation of every Filipino, the aspirations of justice and prosperity for all can be brought closer to home.
“As we leave 2016 behind, we also leave the hurts and the challenges that we have endured, and usher in the positive thought that 2017 will be a better year for us Filipinos and our country,” Binay said.
Senator Francis Pangilinan, for his part, said that the new year marks a new beginning.
Pangilinan noted that many significant and surprising things happened in 2016, some of them unexpected like the burial of a dictator, former President Ferdinand Marcos Sr., who was ousted in the Edsa People Power.
At new year’s eve, Pangilinan said that as a citizen and legislator, as a son and a brother, as a husband and father, as a human being and a farmer, the most important lesson he can share is that of a farmer.
“That farming must follow the seasons and that the farmer must learn to be resilient and to weather the storms and to keep farming – as a way of life.”
“Tinuro sa akin ng pagsasaka na lahat ay umaayon sa panahon. Minsan talaga babagyuhin ka, dadapa ka, susubukan ang iyong tatag, pero magtatanim at magtatanim ka pa rin kasi iyon ang trabaho mo,” he said.
Citing the simple wisdom of a farmer–that one reaps what one sows–Pangilinan urged every Filipino to continue to plant – not to plant the bad seed of resentment and ill-will but goodness and goodwill which is the fruit of hope and love.
“Sa darating na 2017, magtanim tayo, hindi ng sama ng loob, kundi ng kabutihang loob na dulot ng pag-asa at pagmamahalan. Maligayang Bagong Taon sa ating lahat!” Pangilinan greeted the nation.
Senator Leila de Lima, who has faced so many challenges in the 2016, said there is so many thing that Filipinos should be thankful.
De Lima said that as the country celebrating the New Year only means that the nation has met the challenge and should be grateful for the graces and urged fellow Filipinos to prepare for the new challenges ahead.
De Lima also said that it is the time of year that we look back at the past year in review, and glean the lessons of the past that we may be stronger, avoid making the same mistakes, and ensure a better tomorrow.
“Gaya ng kasabihan, ‘Bagong Taon, Bagong Buhay’,” de Lima said.
She also reminded not to forget the country’s less fortunate ones that lost their loved ones in the past year, suffered from the devastation brought about by typhoons and natural calamities as well those who lost their loved one because of the left and right killings happening in various parts of the country.
“May mga sinalanta ng bagyo, at mahihirapan pang makabangon sa pagkawasak ng mga tahanan at kabuhayan. May mga kababayan tayong pinatay, bago pa man bigyan ng pagkakataong magbagong-buhay. Sa likod ng mga salo-salo at makikislap na palamuti, mayroon tayong mga kapwang nagdadalamhati at labis ang pighati sa gunita ng pinaslang na magulang, anak, kapatid, asawa, at kaibigan. Paano nga ba magdiwang, kung nagpapatuloy ang patayan at kawalang katarungan sa lipunan?” she asked as she also requested for prayers for those who have suffered. (Sunnex)