Yet again, Philippine President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III brings up the whole concept of Laban (“fight”) that characterised much of 1980’s politics. But it is a fight where there is none. Whereas there was a “fight” beginning in the mid-to-late-1970’s culminating in the 1986 “People Power” EDSA “revolution” for a return to the democratic ideals upon which the Republic of the Philippines was founded, there has been no such fight in the last 26 years ending this year, 2012. The Philippines already is a democratic country. There is no fight. But there is a need to build.
And yet Noynoy insists that the 1986 “revolution” Filipinos continue to latch on to is “unfinished”…
“With the things happening around us, it’s clear that the fight that started in Edsa in 1986 is not yet over,” Mr. Aquino said on the eve of the 26th anniversary of the uprising that installed his mother, the late Corazon Aquino, to the presidency.
See, Mr President, to compare a “revolution” to restore democracy where there was none to a fight for some nebulous goal in a country that already enjoys democratic institutional governance is something only a vindictive, uninspiring, and clueless leader like you would shove down the throats of a public who have, for 26 years, gagged on the quaint but empty symbols that now divide rather than unite — the colour yellow, the moronic hand gestures, and the tacky jingles.
What remains the order of business for your term is to achieve something that will see you leaving your people in 2016 a Philippines that is different from the wretched country we see today. But how can you do this when rather than build, you would rather “fight”. Rather than galvanise your people, you would rather distract them. And rather than envision a future, you would rather stew in the past.
To this day we still fail to understand what it is exactly you envision the Philippines of 2016 to be like. Perhaps it is really just 2014 you have set your sights on — the year that your feudal clan’s precious Hacienda Luisita estate comes due for subjection to the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP). Indeed, Uncle Peping I imagine can’t be too happy with the increasing shortage of time at hand to rectify the little setback of an uncooperative Philippine Supreme Court.
The truth is, it is your fault that Chief Justice Renato Corona now stands in the way of the salvation of the family jewels, Noynoy. It started when back in May of 2010 you threw a monumental tantrum over the prospect of being sworn in by an appointee of your personal nemesis (but not necessarily that of the Filipino people’s) former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. The perspective you should have taken at the time, Mr President, isn’t really that hard to fathom…
You’d think people with bigger minds such as, say, Chief Executives would take more of a yeah, whatever atittude to trivial things such as whoever the hell will be swearing them into their offices. But then this is the Philippines where people with small minds vote people with even smaller minds into offices that wield immense influence over their future fortunes.
Ayan tuloy it could be that Lord Uncle Peping himself threw his own feudal lord tantrum at the mess you’ve made of Malacañang’s relationship with its peer branches in institutional governance…
“From the time of (President Ramon) Magsasay, the hacienda land was never lost. When Martial Law came, we still did not lose our land. GMA (Gloria Arroyo) and Cory had a fight during GMA’s presidency, we Cojuangcos still did not lose our land. Now that that you (Noynoy) are president, we lose the hacienda!”, the Tribune source quoted an elderly Cojuangco as he berated Aquino in the vernacular.
And so here we are at the turn of another year in this “unfinished revolution” you and your mob would have the Filipino believe they are still in the middle of. There is no “unfinished revolution” Mr President. There is only you blaming others for your incompetence and unstatesmanly demeanour and using the Filipino people to effect your family’s business agenda for you.
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