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Friday, October 4, 2013
THIS one is from Martin Luther King, Jr. that I read from someone who posted it on Facebook in response to suddenly emboldened bashers of President Noynoy Aquino: “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
The great Martin Luther King was obviously An American, not Filipino. And he wasn’t a trapo (traditional politician) or a supporter of one. So he didn’t know that more dangerous than “sincere ignorance” and “conscientious stupidity” is “conscience-less politicking.”
Before the pork barrel scam and the recent Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) controversy broke out, sectors identified with dispossessed politicians/political parties and anti-government types have been constantly finding ways to smear President Noynoy Aquino’s image.
They couldn’t go all out in the first half of Aquino’s rule. PNoy’s approval rating was (and still is) consistently high, prompting Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago to describe him as a Teflon president: mud thrown at him just wouldn’t stick. Besides, these sectors didn’t have an issue compelling enough for the politically naïve to believe in.
They tried sniffing into the pork barrel mess when whistleblower Benhur Luy cracked the scam wide open, starting with Janet Lim-Napoles and her bogus non-government organizations. PNoy, after all, was a former lawmaker and got his share of pork. They didn’t get anything much there.
So they focused on PNoy’s refusal to entirely abolish the pork barrel system and his continued use of discretionary funds they described as presidential pork. From that came the spin: PNoy the pork barrel king. Still, nobody was biting the bait.
Then came Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, recently charged with plunder together with Napoles, Sens. Juan Ponce-Enrile and Ramon Revilla Jr., and two other former House of Representatives members in connection with the pork barrel scam. Estrada delivered a privilege speech that included his “expose” of supposed money given to senators in exchange for ousting then Supreme Court chief justice Renato Corona from his post in 2011.
The money was sourced from DAP, the Department of Budget and Management admitted.
Voila! The anti-Pnoys finally had an issue they could churn in the propaganda mill. The fuss they created was deafening.
The spin masters’ technique was to gloss over explanations that would help provide a more objective appraisal of DAP. Like the fact that the question on whether the use of the DAP is illegal has not been established yet, that DAP did help “ramp up” the economy, that the DAP money allocated for the projects of senators were only a small part of the DAP spending, that the executive retained control of the DAP funds and senators merely suggested projects to be funded—-and more importantly, that there hasn’t been reports of misuse of DAP funds.
But there was no stopping the anti-PNoy spin masters. A militant farmers’ group filed plunder cases against some Malacañang execs including the President. Calls to impeach the President are being made. On Facebook, I even saw someone talk about a coup.
I don’t think it will happen, but supposing PNoy gets impeached and Vice President Jejomar Binay becomes president, will the goal of abolishing the pork barrel system or eliminating if not curbing corruption in government be served? Can Binay hack it with allies like Enrile and plunder convict Joseph Estrada?
The point is, the public needs to sift through the mess and not act like one possessing “sincere ignorance” and “conscientious stupidity.” They should be able to see through the manipulations and expose the schemes hatched by those imbued with
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 05, 2013.