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Gloria Arroyo’s Shame

Gloria Arroyo’s Shame
Ronald Roy

A friend of mine recently told me that “we should leave behind Hello Garci as past history since its re-airing will only create a noisy political circus that could retard the progress of P-Noy’s economic agenda.” I disagreed.

On the contrary, we can surge forward only after we have put behind bars former de facto President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and her lackeys for having allegedly debased, for almost 10 oppressive years, the laws we hold dear as safeguards for our fledgeling democracy.

Jail terms must be meted out and lessons learned if government officials are to realize it will never pay for them to aggrandize themselves at the expense of the public service.

Abuse in public service is a scourge that is anathema to the sovereign welfare. It is like a malignant stage-three tumor awaiting imperative excision, and now, after P-Noy’s term, is the time to arrest its metastasis. Otherwise, future Gloria Arroyos will certainly emerge.

It is now all up to President Benigno C. Aquino III. He can rise as a magnificent reformist by locking up all the wrongdoers before his term ends. Failing in this, he will long be remembered as a president who had a great chance but goofed off.

It will also lend credence to the unkind scuttlebutt that, aside from being congenitally strapped to intellectual mediocrity, he is afflicted with an embarrassing case of “testosteronial deficiency syndrome” (TDS). In plain language, TDS means “no balls.”

Due process in the case of GMA and her gang is too tedious and protracted for my personal comfort. Otherwise, I regard it as a blessing in a democracy, enshrined as it is as an assurance in the Constitution and deserving our highest recognition as a central cog in the criminal justice system.

Justice delayed is justice denied. At times indeed we can fault the technical nature of the legal process for being so rigid as to create a dilemma. Dura lex sed lex, meaning: the law is harsh but it is the law. In fine, by following the law, one delays or altogether denies its delivery. This is a legal monstrosity best correctable by a revolutionary council or junta.

I have long believed that we are endowed with a gift to “see” evil as we confront it in our daily lives. We need no legal proof to establish its menacing presence. We are for instance morally convinced 58 people were ruthlessly murdered in Maguindanao.

By the same token, even if I have not actually seen the hands of GMA and company in the cookie jar, I know “in my heart” (to quote COMELEC chair Sixto Brillantes) that Ronnie Poe won the 2004 presidential election.

Perhaps the following spoof will explain best my sentiments on the matter. As you go over the lyrics, please be guided by the immortal melody of My Way. Here now is….

Her Way
AND NOW THE END IS NEAR FOR GMA AND ALL HER COHORTS / WITH CHARM AND WILY PLOYS SHE BREACHED THE LAW TO CLING TO POWER / SHE STOLE A MILLION VOTES BY PHONING UP SOMEONE NAMED GARCI / OH NO DON’T YOU BELIEVE THAT SHE WAS SORRY.

REGRETS SHE NEVER HAD FOR DOING WRONG TO GOD AND COUNTRY / SHE DID WHAT SHE HAD TO DO AND SAW IT THROUGH WITHOUT COMPUNCTION/SHE PLANNED EACH CHEATING COURSE EACH SNEAKY STEP FOR HER SURVIVAL / WE CRINGED AT HER BEHESTS THAT WERE SO FINAL.

YES THERE WERE TIMES SHE SURELY KNEW THAT SHE BIT OFF MORE THAN SHE COULD CHEW / BUT THROUGH IT ALL THERE ALWAYS WAS A SYCOPHANT WHO’D TAKE THE BLAME / WITH BORING GUILE SHE’D THEN PROCLAIM IT WAS NOT HER SHAME.

SHE KEPT A LOT OF NAMES THAT LITTERED UP HER SECRET PAYROLL / FROM GOONS IN UNIFORM TO ALL OF THOSE BOOT-LICKIN’ TRADPOLS / AND GEE SHE DID ALL THAT AND WE MAY SAY NOT IN A SHY WAY / OH WOW THIS BRAZEN WRETCH SHE DID IT HER WAY.

WE’VE ALWAYS KNOWN T’WAS RONNIE POE WHO WON THE VOTES IN MINDANAO / SHE BROKE THE RULES AND MADE US FOOLS BUT SOON SHE’LL SEE CRIME NEVER PAYS / THE CURTAIN’S DOWN FOR GMA WHO DID IT HER WAY.

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