Concentrate on the Real Issues

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MANILA, Philippines - Instead of allowing himself to be manipulated by pro-RH Bill legislators and their publicity-hungry supporters, the President would do well to question the timing and motive behind this controversy. History shows that whenever politicians need to distract a president from pursuing his political platform and solving urgent national problems, they throw a red herring at him. Usually, it is the issue of overpopulation.This devilish tactic is conjured by legislators and politicians who want the public's attention to shift from their gross inefficiency and mismanagement of their pork barrels and office funds to the President's handling of this issue. With their "sabong mentality," media practitioners fuels this controversy by pitting the President against the Catholic Church and pro-life advocates.Aquino's winning slogan that assured him the presidency was: "Pag walang corrupt, walang mahirap." It was a clear declaration that the main cause of poverty in the country is corruption. And this, he promised to eradicate. But now, RH bill proponents are effectively distracting him from pursuing this goal by diverting his attention to an old but irrelevant issue. They want him to believe that the main cause of poverty and misery in the country is the absence of legislated birth-control measures. If he believes that crap, he is in danger of plunging the country into what Peter Drucker in his book Management Challenges for the 21st Century calls "collective national suicide."Drucker writes that once adopted, the birth control legislation creates an irreversible mentality that is opposed to human birth. "The most important single new certainty - if only because there is no precedent for it in all of history - is the relentlessly collapsing birthrate in those countries that have implemented an aggressive birth control policy."World Population Monitoring 2001, an independent body that conducts research on population, declares: "The most dire predictions about the consequences of population growth have proven unfounded, and remain unlikely to occur. …