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Ronald Roy — October 03, 2012
Since we now have a much more populous world than during the time of English dramatist William Shakespeare (1564-1616)—when he wrote in Hamlet “Ay, sir, to be honest, as this world goes, is to be one man picked out of ten thousand.”—is JPE one honest man picked out of, say, ten million? This is what Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile seems to portray of himself in his book “Juan Ponce Enrile: A Memoire”.
I have always taken the skeptical opinion that an autobiography is a biased account of its author’s life, unless the work impresses me as an attempt to apologize and atone for wrongdoings which have caused irreparable harm to others, if not to society.
In one’s “pre-departure” years, one tends to come clean, especially if guilt-stricken, and this could be true in the case of the bible-reading senate president. At the same time, however, we note that while only the dunce-like will wash dirty linen in public, the 89 year old advocate of stem cell therapy is far from being slow-witted. Therefore, the query to raise here is whether the subject memoir is a credible statement.
Throughout the past decades, I have associated with Manong Johnny in both official and unofficial terms. On this basis, I find no discomfort in judging the book to be generally credible. At best, it is good reading material not only for the history-minded, but also for those who wish to take a glimpse at the author’s view of the “good side” of martial law. The memoir is likewise for those who wish to be entertained with a drink and sitsirya on the side.
Law student J.B. Soler asks the vague question if I consider business magnate Manny V. Pangilinan to be “credible”. Well, let me just say that I wish there were a legal way to stop MVP from helping foreigners slowly gobble up huge chunks of our natural resources, public utilities, media networks, and what-have-you; but there appears to be none.
I could be wrong, but I think that J.B. is wondering why we don’t have an antitrust law. I confess I haven’t given the matter much study, although I believe MVP’s lawyers have made certain that all of his operations do not run afoul with the constitution’s safeguards against trusts. By the way, a trust is a large business organization that has, or attempts to gain, monopolistic control of a market.
It follows then that only an honest-to-goodness comprehensive audit of MVP’s business activities can lay the basis for legal action, should there in fact be cogent reasons for the same. Until that time comes, all we can do is sit, wait, and watch.
But if what J.B. is asking is whether MVP is a credible Atenean, by George, my answer is: he is an outstanding one. Manny V. Pangilinan is a thoroughbred of an Ateneo alumnus, and I hope he remains that way.
Beyond the University’s five-peat dream for its basketball seniors, it will be good for the school if its benefactor continues to upgrade its facilities, until and unless he is justifiably interdicted by a court of law.
Speaking of credibility, COMELEC chairman Sixto Brilliantes, Jr. recently said something we have long known: that “the party-list system is a joke”. It just blows the mind that for seats reserved by the Constitution for marginalized and unrepresented sectors, the list of candidates includes aviation enthusiasts, health promoters, athletes and hobbyists, businessmen, former drug addicts, ex-military renegades, school dropouts, prominent names of the social, political and landed gentry, not to mention —maracas de Caracas —foreign exchange dealers, wow!!
Our plaudits go to election watchdog Kontra Daya for its doggedness in scrutinizing and unmasking a large number of frauds whose only purpose is to attain popularity, privilege, position, and power—the four P’s that represent the usual objects of ambition, not to mention a fifth “P” (for oodles of PESOS) which makes you addicted to vice unless you heed Francis Bacon’s counsel that “Money is a good servant but a bad master.”
In effect, therefore, what Brilliantes is saying is that the party-list system is not credible unless and until it undergoes some legislative or judicial fine-tuning to tackle not only the qualifications of groups and their nominees, but also the wantonly burgeoning number of candidates who, if no adjustments are made, may well surpass a thousand in future elections. Heheh, if you were to vote then, would you care to scan over a thousand names?
In any event, Mr. Brillantes is maybe the biggest joke in the premises, considering that as the chief enforcer and administrator of all election matters, he should not be needing legislative assistance… heheh again!
But if the party-list system is a joke, we can consider the electoral system, as a whole, to be a catastrophe for being a backward step in our democratic maturation. Ano ba, hindi na ba tayo natuto? Basta you’re a winning candidate, please join our team. Ganyan ba yon?!
I’m sorry, but as a 2013 voter, I’ll surely feel deprived of my right to cast an intelligent ballot if I’m presented by the Liberal Party and the United Nationalist Alliance their 20 senatorial bets (12 for LP and 8 for UNA) three of whom (Loren Legarda, Grace Poe Llamanzares and Chiz Escudero) the LP borrowed from other political parties (UNA, UNA and Nationalist People’s Coalition, respectively). And as if that was not enough, P-Noy also invited three others from the Akbayan, the NP and the LDP-Laban. It’s a very childish political merry-go-round that I thought P-Noy and the top three stooges of UNA (you know who you are) were mature enough not to orchestrate.
No, Linda (Palermo), I cast no aspersions on the named candidates whom I don’t blame for having accepted Pres. Noynoy’s invitation to run under his coalition flag. What I bewail is a system where political coalitions are created for the purpose of launching shared ambitions for unmitigated power and personal gain at the expense of the sovereign Filipino people. Now, who says our electoral system is credible?!
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