I edited the visual elements of this editorial cartoon I did in 2005 to give focus on the image of Juan dela Cruz (ordinary Filipino) who did a great escape from the cross (cut out from the drawing). But his escape was proven useless as big nails remained piercing his hands and feet. Substitute nails for economic crisis, etc that our people suffer.
I drew this in line with the issue of Expanded Value Added Tax (EVAT) which Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo mentioned during her State of the Nation Address (SONA) this afternoon before the entire Filipino people (including those who didn't pay attention) as necessary to support important government programs. EVAT contributed so much to the oil price increase to become onerous. But the government or PGMA, for that matter, in her SONA had emphasized that they intended to continue with the EVAT despite clamor to scrap it. Well, why not. This government is trying to eradicate poverty and EVAT according to some sectors, is anti-poor. They jibe LOL.