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Whistling in the Dark

Whistling in the Dark
Ronald Roy — 25 April 2012

A good number of people have made their respective hunches as to the identities of senators voting for Chief Justice Renato C. Corona’s conviction or acquittal. Consistent with my think-tank’s latest findings, those pressing for the respondent’s conviction don’t appear to be making much headway, since their group has in fact dwindled to 12 as against 6 for acquittal, with the remaining 5 being undecided.

At one time my think-tank came out with 14 for conviction, 9 for acquittal— a situation showing that the senators’ outlooks vacillate in the course of the impeachment trial.

Noticeably, the defense team of CJ Corona has sustained a superior performance for no other reason than the sub-standard presentation of evidence by the prosecutors and their witnesses, not to mention their malevolence in the form of foul and devious tactics employed in relation to “small ladies” and mysterious netizens like a certain paid hack called Raissa Robles, a P-Noy lackey named Antonio C. Diaz, the Land Registration Administrator whose middle initial “C”— it would later turn out— identified him as a direct nephew of CJ Corona’s rival for the Supreme Court’s top seat, Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, and the perfidious Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas officials comprising the Anti-Money Laundering Committee who perjured their work to make life miserable for the Chief Justice.

But well, anything can still happen between now and the trial’s termination which hopefully will come this month. The Palace with its vast resources can still hope to pull rabbits out of hats, you know.

The other week, one such hat trick was attempted by Budget Secretary Butch Abad. He blared out that pork allocations of ₱100M each were given only to 5 senators as their initial shares for 2012. Well, these 5 senators would turn out to be the so-called “Erap bloc” in the senate consisting of Senate President Juan Ponce-Enrile, Senate President Pro Tempore Jinggoy Estrada, Greg Honasan, Tito Sotto and Miriam Defensor-Santiago.

Not surprisingly, Abad’s public announcement was a crude attempt calculated to create the public impression that the five had sold their votes to convict CJ Corona; “crude” because the Erap bloc was singled out from a total of 23 senators. Now, I don’t believe that the five senators will still vote to convict CJ Corona without portraying themselves as corrupt public officials.

Abad’s announcement was likewise intended to produce the effect of considerably reducing the credibility of the United Nationalist Alliance, as it would tend to portray Erap’s forces as despicably greedy tradpols who should not be trusted with the country’s governance after the 2016 presidential election.

With this “exposé” by Abad, everyone is now free to speculate if UNA’s long-range political optimism will eventually degenerate into a disposition of whistling in the dark, that is, if it has not yet started to do so. A sloppy hat trick, but we gotta admit that the ploy is devilishly cunning!

The truth is, Randy (Atty. Aromin), I am not necessarily endorsing UNA as a viable alternative to the floundering administration of P-Noy. In fact I’ve become increasingly critical of his economic policies, his personal honesty notwithstanding.

In governance, there’s more than just waging war against corruption, Randy. What should take center stage in his government is an incisive approach to burgeoning unemployment, chronic food and classroom scarcities, crippling fuel and electricity price hikes, etcetera.

P-Noy and his economic managers are making a naïve mistake in their practice of “alkansya” economics. All those currencies such as have come by way of foreign investments and OFW remittances are booked as liabilities because the government does not own them. It’s bad enough that they’re kept under lock and key, but quite felonious if they’re not utilized to resuscitate our ailing economy!

The curious thing is that, despite the fact that the Asian Development Bank has twice sounded the alarm, P-Noy has mysteriously remained non-compliant. It’s monotonous, but again we ask if he’s got the noggin for the job.

In any event, Randy, my answer to your other query is that I am a “pure-vote” kind of a voter, or one who does not believe in joining bandwagons or putting in public office entertainment clowns or sports celebrities. I prefer candidates who I believe will consecrate themselves to the service of first, God, then country, then family, then last and least of all: themselves— in that order.

I have always endeavored to cast pure votes, sometimes at the expense of close friends or relatives running as candidates, and that’s why most of my choices usually turn out to be losers. The question now is whether UNA’s prospective candidates for the 2013 and 2016 elections can convince me that they will commit themselves to the aforestated order of priorities.

Heaven forbid the day, Randy, that we will all be whistling in the dark because we elected so-called public servants who had planned all along to serve themselves first, then their families, then the country, then last and least of all: God.

Texter #8991, yes, you’re right on both counts. I once served as Head of Staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during the late 1960’s, and DFA Secretary Albert del Rosario is a personal friend, in fact, a baptismal godfather of one of my sons. A retired international insurance executive, Bert never needed to work in government. He is dignified, tactful and diplomatic and, most of all, intelligent, calm and collected.

The People’s Republic ofChinais a bully far worse thanNorth Korea. Their leaders are supercilious and racist warmongering poachers! There is neither rhyme nor reason in arguing on their terms. Much in evidence is their style of “gunboat diplomacy”, meaning: they will peacefully settle the territorial dispute over the Panatag shoal, but only with their arsenal aimed at your head.

And what is infernally exasperating is that such traditional counter moves as embargo and boycott are already obsolescent, the simple reason being that we depend on the Chinese for their cheap products more than they even care to look at ours— which incidentally are of inferior quality.

In effect, we are in “zugzwang”, a situation in chess in which a player whose turn it is to move is utterly helpless against an impending checkmate, thereby forcing the player to graciously resign. However, this is not headdress but a real brink-of-war situation— alas, a potential flashpoint leading to the prophesied Armageddon, the last battle between good and evil before the Day of Judgment!

Under the circumstances, the worst thing is for us to panic and exhibit trepidation, or to allow our anti-Chinese militants to take counter-offensive initiatives against peaceful Chinese nationals who have lived with us virtually as native-grown Filipinos since time immemorial.

Trace your roots, #8991, and don’t be shocked to discover that your forebears were emigrants from China. Is it any surprise that our own President might have descended from an ancestor named Co Huang Co, the same Huang after whomHuangyanIsland was named?

The Chinese are good people governed by evil leaders. If we accept that fact, we need not be whistling in the dark. Let’s take out our fishing gear and work the waters of Panatag, the shoal that we’ve owned since the 17th century.

Let’s bring along our slingshots too, just in case! Hey, who would have thought that Goliath was a Chinaman?!



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