The Straight road-A A +A
I have issues
Saturday, October 5, 2013
AS THE Aquino administration is faced with a huge corruption scam, one all too familiar, an issue certainly compromising the “daang matuwid” mantra of the administration, we are now once again greeted with an all too familiar defense of PNoy, “It was her fault!,” pointing once again to his predecessor.
Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s nine-year presidency was defined by a huge corruption scam too, but this should not absolve the president from answering the allegations against his administration, which as recent weeks have shown, to be also riddled with its own case of dirty money. From the PDAF scam, to the now in spotlight DAP, what do we make of this? And how do we press forward amidst the noise of pointing fingers amongst our lawmakers and even our president?
This to me confronts us with a pressing question, how do we eliminate the one factor that makes our system weak? Because it seems that the recipe for evil has been the allotment of discretionary powers, either to the executive, or to the legislative, and as the corona trial also showcased, even to the judiciary.
But removing these discretionary abilities, especially on matters of budget is not a simple matter. It involves for what may be deemed as a lack of defense, some efficiency and form of convenience to push forward sometimes a legitimate agenda, or a project, or a priority policy. The human element is both strength and a weakness, and a riddle that our system must solve.
So what of Aquino’s move now?
First he definitely must settle the assaults against the DAP, he clearly has records to show that it was mismanaged, nor was it misused, the COA reports are almost completely transparent. Next he should also press on the investigation on the PDAF, and maybe course it through his allies, or an agenda in congress, even if it means it will include notable lawmakers, this country may owe its thanks to some of the good things they have done, but if they are indeed truly guilty of plunder, or other corrupt practices, they must pay the piper, and dance to the music of justice.
What the Aquino administration cannot afford to do right now, is in bad taste, summon the ghosts of the previous administration, the public court is not the right court to condemn her, god knows she’s already been sentenced to hell in the eyes of many, repeating the mantra of “she did it” just doesn’t get the same kind of ring again.
The script is off for the president, the magic of what was once a rallying call is over, now he too should face his own demons, this is his time, GMA will pay for her sins in the proper halls, but President Aquino has to realize he can’t conjure this up all the time and sentence her in his world where everything is all about her, when In truth, now, today, it’s all about him, and his “straight road.”
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on October 05, 2013.