Forever hopeful for 2020
Despite all the negativity the Philippines faced in 2019 — return of polio, the series of Mindanao quakes, the usual deadly storms, among others — the Filipino people are still looking forward to a happy 2020.
As the Social Weather Stations noted in its Dec. 13 to 16 national survey, 96% were entering the new year "with hope," with only 4% saying they are fearful for 2020.
Such is the world view of the Filipino, ever so hopeful despite problems of poverty, underdevelopment, and concerns with respect to democracy and human rights.
Happy new year!