The Philippines’ dynamic duo, President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino III and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mar Roxas are at it again. This time the scene of the most recent “national crisis” is a heist allegedly perpetrated by the notorious “Martilyo Gang” at the SM North Mall Sunday night. According to SM Supermalls president Annie Garcia, “The police are on top of the situation and handling the matter.” Apparently, BS Aquino and Roxas did not receive that memo and reportedly thought otherwise…
The crime was alarming enough for President Benigno Aquino and Interior Secretary Mar Roxas to interrupt their Sunday evening to check on the crime investigation themselves, leading many to wonder what the national interest was.
The report also noted that “Later that evening, Interior Secretay Roxas told reporters that the robbers bought hammers and other implements inside the mall.” Evidently, the police really aren’t “on top of the situation” as first reported by Garcia on account of the way no less than the DILG secretary is issuing press statements to the media.
What exactly warrants the presence of not just a cabinet-level official but the Commander-in-Chief of the Philippines’ armed forces no less to be at the scene of a petty crime in which no casualties were reported? Apparently it was of special interest to President BS Aquino as “Aquino was seen interviewing security personnel.”
It’s a national head-scratcher trying to figure out what exactly constitutes a national crisis to the Philippines’ famously daft Chief Executive. Perhaps President BS Aquino and his sidekick Secretary Roxas are a bit behind on their Christmas shopping and thought Hey, there’s a petty crime scene investigation going on at SM. Let’s hit two birds with one stone and get a bid of media mileage while we pick up a few XBoxes for the kids…”
What these bozos consider important is anyone’s guess.
Apparently, body count is not at the top of our action men’s list of criteria defining items of national importance. Just this morning a bus “fell off” an elevated highway in Bicutan, a suburb of Metro Manila reportedly resulting in “over 20 dead”. How exactly a bus simply “falls off” an elevated highway is anyone’s guess, but the transport company involved, Don Mariano Bus Lines, allegedly sports a very spotty safety record. Recall the same deadly consistency also boasted by Sulpicio Lines which, under its management, saw tens of thousands of Filipino lives lost over decades of passenger shipping.
You wonder, then, whether Filipinos are smart enough to expect the right stuff from their leaders. Are they electing them to be media whores? Or are they electing them to implemement long-term solutions to the renowned social dysfunction that is dyed into the very fibres that make up the very fabric of their society?
That Filipino politicians can routinely get away with blatantly engaging in media facetime grabbing while scores of hideously fatal recurring issues begging the most obvious solutions remain at the bottom of politicians’ To-Do Lists reflects the character of this chronically financially- and intellectually-impoverished society.
Perhaps it is true: Filipinos deserve their politicians.
The power to prove that statement false is in the hands of every Filipino voter.[Photos courtesy ANC 24/7 Facebook Page.]
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