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What’s a-cookin’ in your noggin, P-Noy?

What’s a-cookin’ in your noggin, P-Noy?

Ronald Roy

​It was a different kind of setting this time for members of the Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM). Unlike the small dinner meetings with politicos and journalists that were regularly held at the late Josie Lichauco’s posh Essensa penthouse residence at the Fort, the recent Jan. 9 reunion was a luncheon on the 35th floor of a high-rise condominium overlooking San Juan city– tendered by CCM Chairperson Bettina Legarda in honor of the Magdalo soldiers who had applied for amnesty.

​Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and his fellow Magdalo patriots were accompanied by Medal of Valor recipient retired Lt. Col. Ariel Querubin, who would now be a two-star general had his service not been rudely interrupted by the politics of the high command then headed by Gloria Arroyo. Attired in civvies, the amnesty grantees arrived in the company of their loved ones–their telltale physical traits of soldiery still there: bearing, erect posture, dusky complexion and cropped hair.

​In an atmosphere punctuated by occasional outbursts of “Mabuhay si Senador Trillanes and Mabuhay ang Magdalo”, we were overwhelmed with constant memories of the fears and tears for the safety of Navy Lt. Trillanes and his men, as they lay trapped years ago in the basement of Oakwood Apartelle in downtown Makati.

What made the memories acutely poignant was that we knew they were then risking their lives by conveying to their commander-in-chief the message that they didn’t relish confrontations with the State’s enemies equipped with munitions belonging to the military. But most poignant of all was a certain reassuring sense that they would forever remain as the people’s protectors.

​Of course our great delight was seeing them enjoy the company of ordinary mortals in a festivity of banter, song, and gourmet food coming straight from the kitchen of Bettina Legarda. Three cheers for Bettina and convener Marily (Orosa) who emceed the affair!

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​I’ve so often written, and will now say it again: a political system is only as good as the people operating it. By and large, the Philippine Constitution reads like a classic work—and if I may borrow three phrases from Abraham Lincoln—of the people, by the people, and for the people. But on closer scrutiny based on experience, the charter appears to be a devious masterpiece of the politicians, by the politicians, and for the politicians.

​The trouble with charter change (Cha-cha) at this time is that there are other more pressing matters government must address. Besides, Cha-cha will only open the door for Gloria Arroyo’s return to power, that all-consuming obsession that has corroded her soul since childhood.

​Otherwise stated, Cha-cha is not all that imperative, and if the State is enfeebled as Cha-cha proponents claim, it is hardly because our charter is not responsive to our needs. Rather, it is because self-seeking and corrupt politicians have prevented us from responding to it in a way most beneficial to us. We give them jobs, pay them a barrel full of salaries and perks, and in return we get whatever we can scrape off the bottom of the barrel.

​In fine, what is more urgent than Cha-cha is faithful obeisance to the constitution. Immediate attention must be given to the prosecution and punishment of the corrupt, starting with those at the top of the previous regime. It’s not always true that what is unseen does not exist. For instance, in the plea bargain case, we do not see erstwhile AFP Chief of Staff Angelo Reyes anywhere lurking in the premises.

But he was the AFP big boss all the time state-owned assets worth P303 M were being heisted by the suspected culprit, former AFP Comptroller Major Gen. Carlos Garcia. If Reyes knows something but has kept quiet about it, he is then a principal, an accomplice or an accessory. If he knows nothing, then he was incompetent and unfit, and must therefore share in the blame. And if P-Noy continues to drag his feet on this matter, well, well, well, is there more than meets the eye here?

​Incidentally, P-Noy appears disinterested in resuming the anti-GMA crusade which his mother had unflaggingly led to the last ounce of her mortal strength. The mere fact that he seriously considered election lawyer Romulo Macalintal for the post of Chairman of the Commission on Elections (Gloria Arroyo’s legal mind before, during and after the Hello Garci scandal) is a repugnant showing he does not know why he was elected President.

​That alone shows his insensitivity to his constituents’ clamor for justice—an alarming case of heartlessness that is not in any way mitigated by Macalintal’s begging off to pave the way for Sixto Brilliantes. Hmm, things are beginning to look real bad for you, P-Noy. I don’t read minds, so pray tell me what’s a-cookin’ in your noggin. You are now seen as an insincere purveyor of your own slogan “walang mahirap kung walang korap”!

(Email: arnydolor@yahoo.com, cell # 09186449517)

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