The University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman campus Executive Committee today issued a statement on their position on the nomination of Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque to a seat in the International Law Commission. The statement asserts that Roque’s appointment would “diminish the reputation of the body” because of his professional record “especially during the administration of President Rodrigo R. Duterte in which he serves as a cabinet member.”
This is what happens when institutions become sanctimonious to the point that they lose sight of the realities of the present. It does not speak well of Filipinos in general, and the Philippines in particular, because it shows how divided we are as a nation. In fact, we aren’t fit to be called “one people” at this point in our country’s history. While other countries which have had dictators in their history have moved on, we are still caught in the memory of former President Ferdinand Marcos because the Opposition doesn’t want us to forget. Why? Because they don’t have any more legitimate causes to fight and are too lazy to get down to an issues-based political order.
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This is why we’re stuck in a political and economic rut. We are known best for our crab mentality more than anything else. On top of this malaise, there is also the socio-cultural dysfunction of wanting to be always part of the elite, in one way or another. It’s not what you know, but who you know and you fake it until you make it which is the pervasive doctrine in our society. We are all equally guilty of this practice in its mildest and worst forms.
While I’m not a fan of the Presidential Spokesperson, I don’t think it is right to begrudge him of his credentials for an international post to the point that what is supposedly the premiere academic institution in the country resorts to acting in an infantile manner by deliberately sabotaging the effort of one its law alumni through an unflattering description of his work for the current administration. The leftist-liberals of the University of the Philippines have become judge, jury and executioner because their statement is the equivalent of a lynching albeit not in the literal sense of the word.
This holier-than-though attitude is exactly the reason why the Philippines is the laggard in the region. We are our own worst enemy. We always shoot ourselves in the mouth and in the foot. For being the only Roman Catholic country in the region we still do not have a coherent understanding of “let him who is without sin, cast the first stone.” The public should really wisen up to the antics of the opposition. It is they who will bring the country down the proverbial flush toilet.
This is why on May 2022, voters should do away with them first by taking the initiative of flushing them down before they get the opportunity to take the country along with them.
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