Some people can’t tell whether President Noynoy Aquino lacks imagination or is kicking his imagination into overdrive. Recently it seems that his imagination had actually been working doubly hard. From out of the blue he made a new claim that there is a plot in the works to oust him. As usual, however, PNoy was short on details. He was not specific about the nature of the threat against him and did not even identify who were behind the alleged plot.
He actually said the above during a speech at the 26th anniversary of the Presidential Security Group, a group whose primary job is to guard his safety. This prompted PSG commander Colonel Ramon Mateo Dizon to say that they have not monitored any planned coup or other threats to the life of Aquino. I can just imagine how surprised the PSG commander must have been upon hearing PNoy’s claims.
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One can’t help but wonder why PNoy loves injecting innuendos in his speeches. If the PSG commander didn’t know about the information to oust him but PNoy himself was privy to it, it could mean that either the PSG staff is incompetent or PNoy is making things up. Since none of the intelligence agencies know about this alleged plot to oust him, one could say that the President is just fond of giving subtle warnings to his perceived enemies that he is on to them. In the Filipino vernacular, “mahilig syang magparinig”.
Unfortunately for PNoy, his habit of playing the victim in order to alarm people might just alienate him from the very people who are supposed to be protecting him. This alleged plot to oust him by people only he alone could know might not have even entered their minds, but then those who are growing discontented with the way he is handling things might just act on the idea and do it. Indeed, PNoy’s alleged donation of funds to the Moro Islamic Libaration Front (MILF) and his alliance with former communist leader Joma Sison has not pleased some members of the military.
This begs the questions: Is PNoy simply bored with his job? When PNoy bared the plot to oust him without going into specifics, was it a cry out to someone to rescue him from a job he didn’t really want to begin with? He just might be secretly wishing for a coup d’Ã©tat. Think about it. A successful coup would actually make PNoy’s presidential misery go away and get him his old cushy life back — an easy life spent hanging out with his drinking and shooting buddies. A failed coup attempt, on the other hand, can plunge the country into further disarray and give everyone — especially political pundits — more stuff to write about. In his mind, PNoy probably imagined that a country in chaos would give him ample excuse for failing to deliver any real results to an ailing economy — because forces that want him out will have kept him too “distracted”. You could also say that PNoy might even be nostalgic of the numerous coup d’etats during his late mother’s time. It did give his mother enough reason to play the victim card.
Some people wouldn’t put it past PNoy to have concocted on his own this alleged plot to oust him, considering his taste for emo drama and his love of guns. A real gunfight between rebel forces and his security group could be quite entertaining for him. Ironically, a member of the Catholic Church is not buying his allegations. Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz just laughed off PNoy’s claims:
“Why would anyone want to kill him, he is incompetentâ€¦ Ang pinapatay ay ‘yong talagang magagaling, matitindi at talagang mahuhusay. ‘Yon, talagang pinapatay ang mga ‘yon (The ones killed are those who are really good at what they do, who are excellent. Those are the people who need to be killed by some people),” said Cruz.
Archbishop Cruz may have a point. But though PNoy himself may be incompetent, the archbishop may be underestimating the people around PNoy — those who direct his moves. Since most of his speeches are crafted in a way that aims to manipulate the public’s minds as best as it can, their “brilliance”, for lack of a better term to describe their ploy, is in the way they predict how the gullible will accept what the popular leader says as the “truth”. Indeed, PNoy’s public relations machine has so far gotten away with distracting the public by deflecting the blame for his incompetence towards other people.
Speaking of blaming other people, PNoy lambasted Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona again during an interview. Switching to his most typical of unimaginative states, PNoy said that he couldn’t imagine Corona getting acquitted. To quote:
“I find it hard to imagine not to get the result, that as you said, I would want.”
It seems that what PNoy wants is something that the Senator Judges will have to give him. Otherwise, all hell might break lose because, as he said, PNoy cannot imagine what else he would do if he doesn’t get it. It would, as such, be interesting to see what will happen once the impeachment trial is over. PNoy doesn’t seem to realize that whether Chief Justice Corona gets convicted or not, either way, he will still suffer the consequences of his vindictiveness. If Chief Justice Corona gets acquitted, PNoy might just lose his motivation to work after having devoted his entire term thus far to a campaign against Corona. His speeches and his policies were all devoted to vilifying his opponents. When it is all over, he will have become what they call a lame duck having so far laid no solid foundation to move forward. And in the event that Corona does get convicted, PNoy will have only three years to work on in any further effort at turning the country around in order to leave a truly positive legacy as a head of state.
In his own media blitz, Chief Justice Corona for his part has insinuated in an interview that PNoy and some of his allies did try to work on lobbying him to assure them that former President Gloria Arroyo gets convicted for her alleged crimes. According to Corona, a justice of the high tribunal “brokered” a dialogue between him and the PNoy. This was said to have taken place “sometime in June or July 2010”, the purpose of which was to help mend the relationship between the two. During the said meeting, PNoy pitched the proposed memorandum circular creating the Truth Commission to investigate the alleged crimes of GMA. However, to the Chief Justice, the way the provision was written, “constituted a violation of the equal protection clause of the Constitution” because it focused attention solely on the Arroyo administration and its allies. So Corona suggested that they amend a provision that “order should mention wrongdoers in general, not one particular set of people”.
The Chief Justice’s suggestion was not taken positively and obviously ignored. History will tell us that the Supreme Court has ruled the Truth Commission as unconstitutional and consequently rejected.
In another more pleasant setting and time, another meeting hosted by Senator Teofisto Guingona III, Chief Justice Corona’s former law student in the Ateneo, was held in 2011 in the Senator’s residence. Corona claims that in the meeting, Guingona broached the idea that the Chief Justice should just retire and let Justice Antonio Carpio take over as Chief Justice. Although Guingona has not denied that the lunch meeting took place, he is denying that he suggested Corona resign. It’s a real mystery what motivated Guingona to even suggest such a thing. I can imagine the food turning a sour taste after the exchange.
Considering that both PNoy and Guingona welcomed Corona into their respective homes as the Chief Justice and even consulted him for his opinion on various things, it is really pointless for both to keep misleading the public into thinking that Corona’s appointment was unconstitutional. The case of Corona being a midnight appointee should have been dropped from the time they consulted him and recognized his position.
It’s too bad that an acute lack of imagination made PNoy and his minions do things without thinking of the consequences of their actions. Their schemes seem to be leading them down a path that can only end at one thing: regret.
In life, things are not always what they seem.