The Real Fight – Post SONA reaction

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By Giano M. Libot

I have issues

Wednesday, July 30, 2014


THE State of the Nation Address was once again a spectacle in this country, for all the right and wrong reasons combined, be it the circus we witnessed at the “Red Carpet,” the celebrity smiles, and the celebrity tears, thespians and politicians alike. From what could have been an emotionally driven language from the President, the Filipino is now also worth fighting for – an ode to the legacy of the Aquino’s starting with Ninoy who uttered the immortal “dying for” credo.

And while I generally like this presidency, much of it has been by far better than the two previous since Fidel V. Ramos, there is still much to be wanted from the noble stubborn child-leader we now call on as PNoy. I do not advocate his impeachment, much of that is personal politics, I think at this stage of the game we ought to be transitioning to how we can sustain our upward momentum as a nation.

What I do not appreciate, and it still bothers me is the entire lack of maturity from how the president has handled his critics, the SONA was again a witness perhaps to his zealous behavior, but one that can also be seen as an irreconcilable urge to see people only in black and white, to his right those who believe and support him, and to his left everyone else – an opponent to progress.

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I cannot fathom leadership so totalizing that it would simply divide its people into two sides, not everyone who has criticized the president is against him entirely, and the people who have questioned his actions are not mere blind sheep.

At least not all of them, perhaps there are trolls and naysayers, but certainly not everyone is like this. The same way that even amongst his ranks the president himself is surrounded by evil men who have merely hidden themselves underneath the veil of agreement – least risk prosecution.

“Ang totoo po, hindi naman ako ang kinokontra ng mga ito, kundi ang taumbayang nakikinabang sa tuwid na daan.” – (The truth is I'm not the one they're contradicting but rather the people who benefitted from the straight path). And you can’t get more doctrinal than that, like the Bush doctrine of if you are not with me you are against me – or an echo to Matthew 12:30.

I love his commitment to modernize the armed forces, I love his stern commitment to defend our lands from China, I love how some reform has been done to cleanse our system of corruption – he is not perfect, I agree, he has his faults. But it does not mean we can simply tolerate this.

My wish right now is that the president owned up to his words, if indeed the Filipino is worth fighting for, and if indeed this fight is worth the trials and tribulations – may he in open and intelligent debate stand up to his critics with reason, not with calls of heresy.

Modern politics does not bless anymore the God-send kings; we are at an age of democracy where we look upon our leaders to have the capacity to defend themselves with reason. This is how you “fight” for real.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on July 30, 2014.

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