“Ginagawa tayong Leni ni Recto!” DLSU prof on Sen. Recto’s statement Isko Moreno’s “exhibit A” we don’t need Cha-cha!

Just wow! This is my reaction as more and more politicians of national stature are riding on the Isko Moreno bandwagon.

Sen. Ralph Recto is exhibit A of politicians conveniently riding on the crest of Isko Moreno’s surging popularity to argue for an age-old debate whether the country needs Charter Change aka “Cha-Cha” or not to fix many of the country’s problems.

In a Facebook post, Recto or his page admin shared a meme that reads: ISKO DID NOT NEED CHA-CHA TO FIX MANILA.

“Wala sa pagbabago ng Saligang Batas ang solusyon sa baha, traffic at basura. Hindi rin ti ang pangunahing sangkap upang dumami ang trabaho, lumago ang industriya, at umusbong ang pabahay.”

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Meanwhile, DLSU professor Van Ybiernas strongly disagreed with Senator Ralph Recto’s argument that Cha-cha isn’t necessary to fix the country’s perennial problems like flooded streets, traffic, crime, garbage, lack of jobs and housing.

But before he proceeded to dismantle Recto’s argument, Ybiernas clarified he was commenting on Recto’s statement, not so much on Isko Moreno or the debate on Cha Cha.

After the opening statement, Ybiernas said the road clearing operations in Manila’s popular thoroughfares from vendors can be categorized as part of fixing Manila. But to Ybiernas mind, the problems of Manila are more deeper that the simple road clearing operations of vendors in the streets.

Ybiernas agree that clearing the main thoroughfares of Manila is an exercise of political will. However, he agreed on one of Recto’s points: we need creative solution to our problems but majority of those cannot be solve by political will alone.

Ybiernas agreed that political will may solve Manila’s garbage problem because Moreno’s inspired leadership will rub it off on the local government employees. However, if the garbage of Manila is dumped somewhere, then that did not solve Manila’s garbage problem.

Ybiernas went to discuss the problems mentioned by Recto one by one and concluded that most of these problems require solutions from the national government to make it go away.

In other words, Ybiernas said the Recto is taking us for fools.

Ybiernas declared that not all problems of Manila is the responsibility of the LGU. Some of these problems need national government intervention.

And, not all problems are the same. Therefore, they require different approaches. The narrow aspect of the problem falls on the responsibility of the LGU, that is why Cha cha isn’t their concern.

Ybiernas agreed that the street-clearing operations of vendors means talking to a lot of people and requires a lot of work but its a different ballgame altogether when we speak of poverty alleviation, environmental degradation, housing, education and other major problems.

Cha cha is a national government issue whose jobs include tackling the most difficult and complex problems of the country.

Ybiernas declared that it is sheer stupidity to compare the problems of the LGU vis-a-vis the national government.

Lopez confessed he is ambivalent on Cha Cha. It it pushes through, well and good. If not, we just move on and look for solutions to the problems.

However, to use the road clearing operation against vendors in justifying we don’t need Cha Cha is stupidity. Ybiernas called this over simplification.

Ybiernas said Recto is turning the Filipinos into a Leni, but the Filipinos aren’t Leni said Ybiernas because Filipinos think.

You may start reading Van Ybiernas full FB post below.

Para sa hirap umintindi: magkokomento ako sa sinabi ni Recto, hindi masyado kay Isko o sa usapin ng Cha Cha…

Pinaalis ang vendors sa mga kilalang kalsada ng Maynila. Pwede naman sabihin na BAHAGI YAN ng “fixing Manila”, pero sa isipan ko, MAS MALALIM ang mga problema ng Maynila sa simpleng pagpapaalis lang ng mga vendors sa kalsada.

Yes, pagpapakita ito ng political will, pero tama din ang isang punto ni Recto: kailangan ng creative solution sa problema at hindi lahat yun makukuha sa political will lang.

Basura. Yes, baka maging mas masigasig ang pangongolekta ng basura sa Maynila dahil sa political will pero kung itatambak lang naman ito sa ibang bahagi ng bansa, ewan ko talaga bang na-fix ang problema ng Maynila.

Traffic? May magagawa ang meyor dyan pero problema talaga ito ng national government.

Krimen? Under din ito sa national government kasi hawak nila ang pulis pati na ang mga prosecutors. Ang LGU naman ay nakikipagtulungan lang sa pulis at sa mga prosecutors —mas ramdam siguro sa pulis kesa prosecutors.

Baha? May magagawa ang LGU dyan pero yung infrastructure side nito ay hawak ng national government.

Trabaho? Iyan sa LGU yan.
Industriya? Pwede din sa LGU yan.

Ang punto? Ginagago tayo ni Recto!

Hindi lahat ng problema ng mga taga Maynila ay responsibilidad ng LGU. Meron dyan responsibilidad ng national.

Hindi din pare parehas ang problema. Kaya hindi din pare parehas ang solusyon. Mas makitid na aspekto ng problema ang responsibilidad ng LGU kaya hindi nito problema ang Cha Cha.

Marami din kailangan kausapin at gawin para maalis ang mga vendors sa kalsada pero ibang usapan yan sa poverty alleviation, environmental degradation, housing, education, at iba pang mas magbibigat na problema.

Ang Cha Cha ay isyu ng national government, na humaharap sa mas malalaki at mas kumplikadong problema.

Kagaguhan na ikumpara ang problema ng LGU sa problema ng national government.

Isa ako sa mga ambivalent sa Cha Cha. Okay lang kung magtuloy, okay lang kung hindi. Maghanap na lang ng solusyon pansamantala.

Pero kagaguhan na gamitin ang pagpapaalis ng mga vendor sa kalsada para sabihin na hindi na kailangan ang Cha Cha. Masyadong over simplification ito. Ginagawa tayong Leni ni Recto. Boss, hindi Leni ang mga Pilipino. Nag-iisip ang Pilipino.

Don’t us, tsip!

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