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Then, now and tomorrow

Then, now and tomorrow
Ronald Roy
Quitting GMA’s cabinet does not necessarily mean dissociating oneself from Gloria Arroyo. Erstwhile Neda Chief Ralph Recto, reportedly planning to run for Senator in next year’s elections, should bare the reasons for his resignation. With Mrs. Arroyo being generally expected to obey Washington‘s alleged order for her to insure free and honest elections, along with her rumored promise to US President Barack Obama to step down, expect the emergence of balimbings to litter the electoral field within the coming months or weeks.
Because the self-seeking culture of opportunism must once and for all be stamped out for being anathema to authentic democracies, Recto has now reached a self-defining moment that may well decide his political future. In fine, if he is leaving the Cabinet in the style and spirit of Dinky Soliman or the Hyatt Ten, we applaud him.
Otherwise, he will suffer an electoral loss for being on the wrong side of the political fence. I believe Recto like most others can now anticipate a sweeping triumph of opposition candidates in 2010, and this should prod him to do the most obvious thing: to confront Gloria Arroyo on any of countless issues, while declaring how sorry he is for having stuck it out with her the past nine years. * * *
Cory Cojuangco-Aquino was nothing more than a nodding acquaintance to me unlike the charismatic Ninoy with whom I worked in the Senate. Despite our vast political differences, I couldn’t help but shed tears as Ninoy lay sprawled on the tarmac treacherously shot down like a rabid dog. And not at all consoling then was the lingering thought of numerous Filipinos that, because Ninoy lived by the gun, he would also die by the gun. In a way, the dramatic cold-bloodedness of Ninoy’s murder may be compared– in terms of intensity of grief– to the recent demise and funeral of his beloved wife.
Cory is now suddenly seen as larger in eternity than she ever was in life that gloriously peaked when the world hailed her as the revolutionary president who restored democracy in our country. Suddenly, she is now regarded by Filipino Catholics as a saint whenever juxtaposed with the demonic monster living by the Pasig river. Suddenly, Noynoy is deemed as a certain winner at least for Vice President in next year’s elections. Suddenly, avenues and plazas are being renamed after her, and the 500 peso bill is being redesigned to honor her image.
Suddenly, distortions are taking place to muddle what our vision should be as the nation charts its course on a sea of panegyrical paroxysm. Sadly, as a race we may remain victims of our own backwardness and ignorance, rather than arise in an age of reason and enlightenment. Take the case of the raging frenzy to recognize Cory as a saint. Isn’t this an obvious reactionary overkill?
In Catholic doctrine, all souls in heaven are considered saints, whether or not they have undergone the rigorous process of canonization, and no amount of overzealousness can reverse this tradition. Let us therefore not be carried away in our own self-generated hoopla, because only God determines who becomes a saint. Remember the two little children of Fatima, Jacinta and Francisco, the visionaries who saw and spoke with the Blessed Mother? Well, it took around seven decades before they were canonized. Without meaning any irreverence to Cory’s memory, what then gives her a greater claim to sainthood?
In canonization, the public and private life of the blessed candidate is scrutinized. From an impartial standpoint, I find these requirements a bit daunting in view of facts that point to what has been regarded as her vindictive nature.
Perhaps one would need to be at least in his fifties to grasp such derogatory terms as kamag-anak incorporated, Tabacalera, Hacienda Luisita, Jacinto Steel, Meralco shares, Bataan Nuclear Power Plant, etc. No, let us not trifle with our Christian faith and political history. Instead, let us be the level-headed builders of a nation for the coming generations of Filipinos. * * *

One wonders why Gloria Arroyo’s asinine defenders of those two opulent dinners in America don’t simply clamp down and apologize for a mental lapse. Of course, most critics would remain just as unforgiving, but at least a monumental embarrassment can be assuaged by expressions of their sincerity and humility.
In the glare of publicity, what shocks and sucks is their audacity to convince their poor and hungry countrymen back home that the two meals fit for royalty were simple, even if the combined cost of US $ 35,000 could have treated each of 35,000 impoverished Filipinos to a decent meal consisting of pork adobo, soup, rice and a banana.
What the heck, all this proves that unfettered power and greed the past nine years have produced the most damnable government ever in this country. (Email: arnydolor@yahoo.com, cell # 09186449517, landline # (02)7106701)

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