November 19, 2011 1 Comment
For many years, my friend has dreamed of being president. So, to fulfill this dream, he studied hard all through his life, and is currently studying to get a law degree. He is about to finish his course, and plans to run for a legislative seat in his province; the first banana step to his dream of the presidency.
But the events of yesterday changed his mind.
Last week, my friend saw a former President, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, denied of her right to travel. She was blocked at the airport as she headed to catch her evening flight to Singapore. The day after that, we saw how Secretary Leila de Lima openly defied the orders of the Supreme Court by disallowing a free citizen to avail of her right to travel. And two days after that, my friend saw how a vengeful regime railroaded a complaint to ensure her shame and incarceration.
“I used to like being President, but now I’m not so sure…”, he said.
Over the two long years of the Aquino administration, we have not seen anything solid that it has to offer. Vengeance is its only weapon; the only tool available to the weak. My friend actually liked Noynoy Aquino, but he liked Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, too. He never thought that at one point he cannot like both. He would either choose Noynoy, the popular President who publicizes nothing more than his frustrated love conquests; or Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the choice of the silent many and the President who rarely faced the media and who worked tirelessly everyday; now detained.
“But now,”, he says, “this President has removed my desire to be President. He has no respect for institutions, no solid platform of government, and is vengeful. I am sure he will come down in History Books, but it will just be footnotes and not entries…”
I have always believed that we elect a government that we deserve. We have elected a government who refuses to distribute acres of land that’s supposed to be the source of income for many of Tarlac’s farmers. We have elected a government headed by a President who cannot even exert brotherly authority to his loquacious sister. We have elected a President whose centerpiece of government is exacting revenge from enemies of his family and of current political allies. We have elected a government who believes that “the spirit of the law is more important than the WORD of the law”. We have elected a President whose alter egos openly violates the Constitution, and disrespects the authorities of the Court. We have elected a President who does not have clear solutions on secessionist conflicts in Mindanao, and festoons “all out justice” as an empty and meaningless banner. We have elected a President who does not have a gameplan in fighting crimes in the streets. But most of all, we have elected a President who will steal the limelight from all the rest of the nation (and from SEA Games athletes) just to look good in public. I’m glad I did not join the bandwagon of people who elected this government, knowing that I don’t deserve it; I deserve a better government, a more responsive government.
And so CGMA has been arrested, and will be the second President standing trial. Noynoy has set the trend of vengeance. And as my friend said, “I will not wonder if, by 2016, Noynoy Aquino will be treated just the same.”
A presumed innocent woman, victimized by a vengeful party and President, is now in detention.
- Philippines Ex-President Arroyo Arrested (time.com)
- Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Former Philippine President, Charged With Electoral Fraud (huffingtonpost.com)
- Democracy (February 1987-November 2011) (akosijcmasajo.wordpress.com)
- Philippines Arrests Ex-President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (nytimes.com)
- What is Noynoy thinking? (jennyhaygood.wordpress.com)