Thursday, July 07, 2005

get the hell out of there

It is hard not to take a stand these days. The political ruckus is just too disconcerting to ignore. As much as I want to convince myself that my activism died on that surreal day when the moron was deposed and the opportunist was thrust into power, I cannot force my mind to shrug it all off and focus on more important things in my life. After all, where would these ‘important things’ be if my country is spiraling down the drain like tapeworms being flushed down the toilet bowl?

The president must resign. Now. She must stop scaring the country by dangling the prospect of a Noli de Castro presidency, which Vishnu knows, would probably be worse than Erap clambering up the presidential throne again. But that’s beside the point. She has already lost what little credibility she had when she first ascended the presidency. She can still resuscitate her dying dignity (I’m assuming, of course, that she is still dignified after what she has owned up to) by resigning, and thus, ridding us all of an undeserved albatross around our neck. This has gone on for so long. Her apology, at best, merely soldered the public’s suspicion that she indeed cheated in last year’s presidential elections. The public can never lap up the mea culpa of a sorry-ass president pretending to be wallowing in contrition. Seasoned thespian Zenaida Amador, who used to coach her in her State of the Nation Addresses, is already dead. She has no acting coach to make her statements believable now, which explains her catatonic posturing during that laughable, televised apology.

What I find terribly disheartening, though, is the fact that the opposition itself is just as tainted as Gloria. Their only concern is to push Erap’s fat ass back into Malacañang, or at least, get him off the hook. And then there’s the brooding nightmare of Noli de Castro taking over the reins. A military junta is out of the question, and so is the transition government being peddled by the clergy. This kind of thinking is dangerous, especially in these times. Who would constitute this transition government? Who would choose them? And by what power would they choose them? This perhaps, would invite other sectors to venture into political adventureerism. If a group of personalities could take it upon themselves to elect a body to rule, then what stops other groups from doing the same?

An extra-constitutional solution will merely send our economy plunging down the depths of whatever is under Hell. But judging from what has been happening, this might be the only thing that would make Gloria leave the palace. Contrary to what some sectors are saying, this solution is not exactly unconstitutional. As constitutional expert Father Bernas put it, the Constitution recognizes the right of the people to revolt. But a peaceful uprising would never fructify if the middle class and the military would not join it. The former is still making up its mind as to whichever is better: tribulations with Gloria or hell with Noli; and the latter is still weighing its options, possibly thinking of how it could highjack the situation to their own advantage.

But then again, are we not doing the country more harm than good if we take this path?

We are only left with one solution. And that is for the president and the vice president to resign. Noli’s mandate is as questionable as the honor of the president he serves. These two should leave their posts vacant for the conduct of a snap election. The officials of the Commission on Election, too, must resign to give this process some semblance of credibility. Either that or we go for more drastic measures like a charter change that would usher in a parliamentary government or federalism. We can’t just sit and pray and hope that everything goes well. Whether or not we accept it, things will still get worse. And no amount of praying can help it.

photo from news.yahoo.com

15 Comments:

At 3:11 PM, Blogger weng said...

the absurdity of her apology is as murky as the people behind the act. how can a nation's president choose mediocre advisers escapes me.

 
At 3:43 PM, Blogger slim whale said...

weng,

the apology further damned her.

oh, she had advisers? i thought she had a pool of clowns.

 
At 11:06 PM, Blogger voyageuse perdue said...

she needs to get a new acting coach. there was nary a hint of sincerity in her televised address.

 
At 4:16 AM, Blogger Jay said...

It's sad to hear when people are so dissatisfied with their own political systems. You are not alone. I hope things improve.

 
At 12:17 PM, Blogger slim whale said...

voyageuse perdue,

she can learn a lot from susan roces' passionate performance in her presscon. or she can hire Bella Flores as acting coach.

jay,

it's sad to see people who don't seem to care about their countries. i really hope everything turns out fine. we can only take so much.

 
At 2:12 PM, Blogger jenjaded said...

mag-pray pa rin as well as do something. sana lang hindi maging bloody battle ito dahil yun, maliban sa pagbagsak ng ekonomiya natin, ang ikinakatakot ko rin.

 
At 10:33 AM, Blogger Marc dela Peña said...

This farce has gone long enough. The battlelines have been drawn, making it into a Mexican standoff. The question is, who will blink first?

Tapusin na lang nila kasi. Nakakasawa na silang pakinggan sa tv at pakinggan sa radyo at wala namang naidudulot na maganda ang ginagawa nila e. The quicker they finish this, the easier it will be for us to move on, because no matter what happens, it will be us who will pick-up the pieces after this farce has ended.

 
At 10:59 AM, Blogger slim whale said...

jenjaded,

matagal ng bagsak ekonomiya natin.

i don't think it would be that bloody. we always manage to stand up after major political turmoils. the problem is, we never learn from them at all.

marc,

i agree. but the manner by which they would end it might be too risky for all of us. they don't seem to care about the country at all. it's all a matter of political survival for them. sick.

 
At 11:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

lost a coach in Zeneida Amador?

well, she has Lupita Kashiwahara and Reli German running her PR image and all circus.

but is FVR now running the WHOLE show?

maybe. maybe not.

 
At 11:58 AM, Blogger slim whale said...

anonymous,

and what a circus they have created!

interesting thought. when i saw FVR making his proposal inside the palace, i immediately thought there was something up here.

does he still think he would benefit from all this hullabaloo? still hoping to get his ass into power, perhaps?

thanks for dropping by, anonymous. i wish you had identified yourself. :)

 
At 8:22 AM, Blogger Marc dela Peña said...

slim whale,

Well, it's either they end it quickly [by whatever means, either constitutional or unconstitutional (sanay na naman tayo sa mga ganyang gimmick e)], or it will be ended for them just as quickly. Anything else just prolongs the agony...

Oh, and FVR IS pulling the strings. Not because he wants to put his ass back in the President's seat (let's face it, he's the one who put us in this shitty situation, so why would he even want to sit in it again? So that he could bury us in even deeper shit?), but to make sure that he doesn't get his ass in a sling. As it is, it looks like all his fraudulent dealings will be exposed if this government falls (remember the IPP issue?).

 
At 12:50 PM, Blogger slim whale said...

marc,

so he just wants to shield his ass, eh? these politicians, arrghhh!

 
At 8:54 PM, Blogger rmacapobre said...

what kind of people are we, who not only accepts an apology, but makes a mockery of it in public.

 
At 8:52 AM, Blogger slim whale said...

rmacapobre,

i don't think people accepted her apology, that's why they are making a mockery of it in public.

 
At 12:48 PM, Blogger Marc dela Peña said...

rmacapobre,

The people didn't make her "apology" a mockery, she did by her insincerity, dishonesty and lies. Should we accept an apology that implicitly insults our intelligence? I think not.

 

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