EDITORIAL

Crisis as an opportunity

CRISIS in any situation can be viewed either as an opportunity or as a curse.

As a curse, it leads one to desperation, trapped in one’s defeatist mindset left only with a hope that one can survive a crisis with a lot of help from others.

As an opportunity, it brings out the best yet in one’s ability to meet new challenges. The outlook is optimistic backed by determination to succeed and beat the odds.

This is the case today for many who are feeling the pinch of spiraling prices of food commodities. We have nothing to say to those who have nothing in mind but curse the situation. On the other hand, those who believe there is much to learn from the situation can start with Back to Basics mindset with modifications.

To beat high prices of food items, thanks to internet, there are now more options for families to do backyard or indoor vegetable gardening. There are tips for use of recyclable materials that will save one from buying finished products.

Barangay officials can also look at the situation as an opportunity for public service starting from identifying and negotiating use of idle private lands for community vegetable gardening, and or establish community cooperative stores where food items purchased on wholesale prices are sold to community residents with minimal markup.

The situation also offers opportunities for affluent civic groups to establish soup kitchens on weekends in churches and schools for indigent families in the barangays.

Crisis situations always brings about golden opportunities for challenges to improve one’s self and or a community by initially going back to basics. Do you see them?

 

Trillanes trial

PRESIDENT Duterte has revoked the amnesty granted some eight or so years ago by the previous administration to Sen. Trillanes.  In his order dated Aug. 31 and announced publicly on Sept. 4, Mr. Duterte said Trillanes’ amnesty to clear him of his twin coup plots in 2003 and 2010 were void ab anitio because (1) Trillanes did not apply for amnesty and (2) Trillanes did not accept his guilt under oath.  Trillanes has denied both accusations.

But the President, invoking his powers as Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, also ordered Trillanes arrested and banned from traveling abroad.   Trillanes is a Navy officer.  Amid the rain of opinions about the matter, only the Supreme Court can say with finality whether Mr. Duterte is right or not.  One thing is sure, though: The high court’s verdict can define Trillanes’ political future, if not his life altogether.  Suspense!

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