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Mea maxima culpa

Mea maxima culpa
Ronald Roy — July 29, 2015

As expected, Pres. Benigno S. Aquino lll’s farewell State of the Nation Address (Sona) turned out to be a masterpiece of deception. I’d give his servile speech writers a 10 on a scale of 1 to 10, and him a rating also of 10, for Rasputin-like delivery. The Aquinos have long been known for their “gift of gab”, as exemplified by his late father who regaled, electrified and mesmerized his listeners.
P-Noy was in Ninoy’s element when he dished out his Sona; only…he was in his usual dishonest self by not exposing the dirt he had been sweeping under the rug over the past five years.
Only chutzpah, nothing but chutzpah, can explain P-Noy’s deafening silence on the findings of the multisectoral Movement for Good Governance (MGG) that rated him 5.9 on a scale of 1 to 10 in 2014 for his executive management, vis-à-vis goals, in the areas of the economy, public finance, health and agriculture.
The MGG is a non-activist coalition of impartial good governance advocates, whose performance benchmarking system aims at calling attention to strengths as well as gaps needing reinforcement. Otherwise stated, in MGG’s grading system where 100% is the highest score, the guy got 59%. Ayayayayay!!! If you get a grade like this in school, you either repeat the year or get kicked out; well I’m happy enough he’ll be leaving soon, though legal actions after his term will surely snowball over him with smothering intensity. And why not?
P-Noy has been committing criminal acts, apart from behaving in such un-presidential ways that show him up as vindictive, mentally dishonest, dictatorial, arrogant, rude, egotistical, proud, hypocritical and a whole lot of other things that define him as a curse upon the Constitution and the people whom he calls “boss”! Hereunder are but a few reminders underscoring Benigno S. Aquino lll as our worst president ever.
One: The Luneta carnage incident, which he enjoyed watching on TV as it was happening before a shocked nation, capped by his refusal to quell the siege, thereby resulting in the loss of lives of 11 Chinese tourists from Hong Kong, and refusal to apologize to the families of the victims.
Two: The Corona impeachment trial, which demonstrated his disdain for the principle of “due process of law” by resorting to “trial by publicity” and behaving “behind the scenes” in a manner suggesting bribery to secure the respondent’s conviction.
Three: The scandalously unconstitutional Priority Development Assistance Fund and Disbursement Acceleration Program, which opened the floodgates of billions of pesos being plundered into the private pockets of legislators, cabinet men and private individuals, with the most pernicious effect of both funds being the legislators becoming so subservient to the president as to disrupt the balance of power among the three branches of government.
Four: Over-reliance on remittances from overseas Filipino workers with no safety nets to absorb the social costs resulting from broken marriages and children going the ways of drug addiction and crime.
Five: In a money-crazy frenzy, over-dependence on tourism-oriented structures like state-of-the-art casino-resort hotels that only serve to direct capital away from development projects needed by the poor, spawn kickbacks and, in general, undermine the moral fiber of society.
Six: Enamored to the ostentatious sky-lining of the metropolis, turning a blind eye to an imperative program to decongest over-populated areas with a principled awareness that: overpopulation only serves to spawn crime, unemployment, hunger, diseases, traffic gluts, etc.
Seven: A determined rejection of a Freedom of Information law, obviously to secure from the public eye shenanigans and other acts detrimental to the common welfare.
Eight: The Mamasapano incident, which showed his utter disregard for the safety and success of the mission to arrest two international terrorists, by breaking the chain of command and unlawfully involving the participation of PNP Director General Alan Purisima who was already suspended from office by the Ombudsman pending investigation on corruption charges.
Nine: His failure or refusal to look into allegations that US $ 700 m will source rewards to Filipino advocates of the Bangsamoro Basic Law, in an alleged deal being investigated by Mahathir Mahamad, former Prime Minister of Malaysia.
Ten: His failure or refusal to comment on allegations that he will not fund the re-election bids of certain candidates if they don’t commit to dance to his rhythm for the rest of his term.
If “mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa” — through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault — had only been the essence of P-Noy’s Sona, perhaps he would now be hailed to high heavens by a forgiving nation. Expectedly, however, he did not, opting to do what he compulsively does: deceive the people. So, he now faces the prospects of being damned to the pits of hell by a court of justice after he steps down in 2016.

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