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Ronald Roy — 2012 July 24

Poor former Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who has just been finally charged—albeit not unexpectedly—with plunder in the alleged misappropriation of Phil. Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) funds that took place during the remaining two to three years of her stolen term.

Presently, GMA is detained in the Veterans Memorial Hospital for electoral sabotage, a non-bailable felony similar to plunder, apart from other criminal charges connected with her approval of the scandalously overpriced National Broadband Network deal with China’s ZTE Corporation.

She has been staunchly defended by an array of among the country’s top criminal lawyers, and has shown a tenacity more truculent than that displayed by the Ampatuans’ camp of legalists. But then, a superlative brand of political will being displayed by Pres. Noynoy Aquino as regards his vow to crush corruption during his term is something that GMA cannot beat, not even in her wildest dreams.

Call P-Noy vindictive, onion-skinned, autistic, whatever, but if by even any unholy means he is able to clamp her in jail for life, he becomes an instant national hero as far as I’m concerned, for he will have achieved what only the faint-hearted call an impossible dream.

For, it is unfortunate for Gloria Arroyo that the vindictive, onion-skinned and autistic P-Noy is not so faint-hearted as to reckon he can slay a windmill, and even fight for his life and march into hell for a heavenly cause!

Stop crying “foul and unjust”, Gloria! It’s over! You’re guilty, and you know it! You also know that we all know it! So cut the bull and stop petitioning heaven for relief, because relief is granted to the good, not to the bad, and that’s what you are, Gloria: bad!

You can only dream, not pray, for succor, but then again, dreams are impossible only with people who are very, very bad, and you have been a very, very bad girl! Admit to your crimes, then expiate, and maybe just maybe, the clouds of mercy will open up for you.

Until then, please reflect on a musical parody that I have written in order to expedite the delivery of justice in all your criminal cases. Sing it to the melody of “Impossible Dream”, and as you do, I pray you are not tone-deaf, so that you can fully comprehend the prerequisites for the grant of leniency.

Don’t dream the impossible dream
For sure you will run out of steam
You’ll fall like all other tyrants
You’re through by our sovereign wants

You’re dazed knowing not where to go
Your friends who were there just for show
Are now jumping out of your wagon
And soon you’ll be shocked they are gone

It is our quest to take back what’s ours
We’ll count the seasons and even the hours
We’ll fight for our lives without question or pause
We’ll be willing to march into hell for a heavenly cause

And we know if you’ll only be true
To this glorious quest
That your heart will be peaceful and mute
If you give up your loot

But there’s time yes there’s time to atone
Just return all the things you don’t own
Condemn all the plundering mainstream
Don’t dream the impossible dream

If first I thought I was dreaming because it was such a long time that I had last read any statement attributed to former National Security  Advisor Jose T. Almonte. But there it was, a commentary, that was on the Inquirer’s recent July 20 issue under the banner “No one can stop China but China or the power of world opinion.”

It was an interesting, although staid, piece that underscored our utter military backwardness that made us look so  defenselessly puny  in dealing  with the bullying  Chinese over ongoing territorial disputes, and warned that unless we as a people act now, it may take us 150 years before we can build an imperative “national structure” of core values that our forebears fought and died for, uniting a people at peace with themselves and the whole world, and steeling them with a sense of dignity, freedom, honor, justice, self-determination, discipline, compassion, and a discernment of what is right and wrong, etcetera, whew… and I mean… wow!!!

No, Almonte’s treatise was not at all anything new. In fact, it did sound like a hodgepodge of glittering generalities, motherhood statements, and hackneyed approaches and ideas about growth and development that identified the problems but not the remedies.

What I did find significant, if not his analysis, was his suspiciously sudden appearance before the public eye—as if timed in the heat of the Cha-cha fever and the coming third State of the Nation Address of Pres. Aquino—for the purpose of presaging the re-emergence of former Pres. Fidel V. Ramos

The 41st President from Pangasinan, after all, had virtually disappeared from the public view through most of the past two years, making him therefore aware that his presence in the joint session of both legislative chambers would be a major event in itself, most especially where his views would be sought on what to expect of P-Noy’s SONA.

As I perused Almonte’s commentary, I sensed I was perusing the mind of Ramos for whom he has served as a steadfast alter ego. I sensed that Ramos, through Almonte, was subtly announcing the pre-eminent role he would wish to play in the remaining years of P-Noy’s presidency.

And I was right. A whole hour before Pres. Aquino commenced his SONA, Ramos would be seen conspicuously shaking hands with everybody at the session hall of the Lower House. He cut a figure in a gray suit amid a sea of dignitaries clad in barongs.

I have always been wary of SONAs. Like autobiographies and curricula vitae, they can be so ridiculously self-serving. But beyond being scornful of ostentatious fashion plates parading their luxuries while militant discontents raged a few hundred meters away, I found myself amused by P-Noy’s childlike fixation with Tom Cruise’s Mission Impossible exploits as he occasionally intoned “nothing is impossible”.

A West Point graduate, FVR has long been regarded as America’s point man in handling some of the country’s  political storms that saw the fall of Pres. Ferdinand E. Marcos, the unconstitutional ouster of Pres. Joseph E. Estrada before the latter could  start an investigation into the anomalous Centennial Project that had cost billions of pesos of people’s money, and the propping up of the American-backed Gloria Arroyo at the height of the Hello Garci scandal and at the peak of public outrage over the Ampatuans’ massacre of 51 innocent people that included 30 journalists.

There is reason to doubt if there is a political storm in the PH now brewing in America’s face; so, one can only wonder about that message. For his own sake, however, I think FVR should instead be concerned with P-Noy’s unforgiving mindset against those who choose to defy the sovereign enforcement of accountability. Otherwise, Mr. Ramos would be dreaming an impossible dream.

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