‘Royalty’ disorder-A A +A
By Nef Luczon
Sunday, December 22, 2013
ARE there any similarities between the Ampatuans and the Binays?
For one, they started to rise in power after the 1986 Edsa revolution. But on the contrary, since the Ampatuan massacre happened, there was quite a “power vacuum” in the Ampatuan dynasty; however, they remain lethal within their jurisdiction especially that the trial has been hardly moving since 2009.
But the Binays still continue to flourish even though 2016 would be three more years to go. It’s giving us premonitions of what the country would be like once they’d rule.
Another difference between the Binays and Ampatuans is that the former owned the country’s wealthiest kingdom, which is Makati, however, in the latter, they are in the kingdom, which is one of the country’s poorest provinces, but the clan seems to live in a lifestyle and wealth at par with the Binays.
Whatever the reason behind the newspaper who first exposed the CCTV footage where Makati Mayor Jejomar “Junjun” Binay Jr. was seen having a commotion at a subdivision gate with security guards, of which it happened on November 30 but only reported 18 days later, it was clear that some of our political leaders are still clinging in that “royalty” complex, which is not uncommon in our society.
It can be traced back to our country’s pre-colonial history, where our system of governance was based on the ruling clan – of datus and rajahs, and royal families – which most probably, when you belong to these classes, chances are you can be above the law, just like in the medieval times where Kings were the law, and believed to be blessed and designated by God.
Today, some of our political leaders wanted to emphasize their perpetual importance at the cost of people’s votes and vote buying that to some extent we thought that this so-called “democracy” was just a farce after all.
Even at this very moment, there are some political leaders who thought they own the people and the towns, and would exempt themselves from the rule of law, or worse, twist and bend the laws at their own convenience. This isn’t just about the Binays and the Ampatuans, because even within our region, there are smaller kingdoms ruled by smaller kings and queens, but once they will hold their power for too long, they might grow in numbers and influence.
But why, in the first place, we remain so gullible that we sell our votes to these types of people that in the end, it will bounce back to us in a disgraceful manner?
Since we, the people, have the voting powers to elect them and put them into power, isn’t it that we should be responsible enough to use our powers wisely to put people in government with less “royalty” tendencies?
Looking at the whole picture, the people have the biggest contribution of why these kind of political leaders have grown into spoiled brats. We allow this to happen since we are selling our votes, or if not, we do not make a critical decision-making.
Special thanks to Nelson Constantino and Jefry M. Tupas in helping me fact-check on the historical side of the two pseudo-royalties.
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Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on December 23, 2013.