For this column, I attempt to summarize the good things that happened to the country this year 2012. On New Yearâ€™s Day, I will reflect on the challenges we face in 2013 as we begin the year. These are not however inclusive lists given space constraints.
From the successful landing on Mars of Curiosity that further pushed the frontiers of space exploration, the successful holding of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England, United Kingdom which testifies that humanity can, even for a moment, be united in the midst of adversities and differences, to the deepening recession in Europe and the continuing turmoil in the Middle East that caused and is causing suffering among many are events that mark our triumphs and failings. These milestones are felt throughout a wide spectrum of human endeavors that define and continue to define us.
Our country has not been spared by these dramatic pendulum swings of fortunes that created deep impact on our national life.Â We had our share of blessings and challenges that continue to inspire hope and demonstrate the indomitable spirit and resilience of the Filipinos throughout the world.
First in my list of blessings is the successful conclusion of the Corona Impeachment. On May 29, 2012, Chief Justice Renato Corona was found guilty under Article II of the Articles of Impeachment for his failure to disclose to the public his Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth. This event was significant not only because it was the first of its kind in our political history but more so because it showed that our democratic institutions are working; that the culture of impunity nurtured and flourishing over the decades can be broken with strong political will.Â Â The fight against corruption may be a long way to go, but the Corona impeachment is a leap forward in the campaign to finally break the backbone of graft and corruption.
A close second in my list is The Bangsamoro Framework Agreement. After several decades of fighting, the Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front inked an agreement that promises a final peaceful settlement to the age-old problem in Mindanao.Â The peace accord is a historic political document. Despite almost insurmountable odds, the two parties were able to arrive at a mutually agreeable peaceful solution to the Bangsamoro problem. There are of course the challenges that remain of crafting the annexes to the agreement and of course implementation. [More]