They should accept the verdict

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Thursday, September 4, 2014


UGH! We lost again. With only one game left in our schedule, Gilas Pilipinas could be returning home from the World Cup of basketball in Spain with not a single win to show.

It was painful to watch our national team squander a big 14-point lead and lose to Puerto Rico by four. It was the third time in four games that we were defeated by an opponent that trailed us most of the time. Watching Gilas flirting with victory before eventually bowing down thrice has been a harrowing experience.

But it is unfair to blame the coach for our losses. Last night and yesterday, I heard people--basketball fanatics, no doubt–lambast Chot Reyes for supposedly mishandling the team at the crucial stages. Indeed, in the eyes of armchair tacticians, the players win a game and the coach loses it.

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The truth is that (and I can say this from experience sitting on the bench as team manager of the University of the Visayas Green Lancers for more than five years) the coach can only do so much; he isn’t the one dribbling the ball or making the passes.

Also, that when we lose a game, it is not because our team played bad but because the other team played better.

I said it before and I say it again: regardless of how our campaign in Spain ends (we were scheduled to play Senegal last night), we have already won because we have served notice that we have a rightful claim to belong in the company of the world’s best in basketball.

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I hate to gloat but I simply cannot resist saying I told you so. Last week, when the House Committee on Justice ruled that the three impeachment complaints against President Noynoy Aquino were sufficient in form, I wrote that it was too early for the President’s haters to celebrate or for his loyal supporters to wail and gnash their teeth.

I said then that the ruling was expected; the process of determining sufficiency in form is almost mechanical. Are the parties named? Is the complaint signed? Is it verified? Does it allege the grounds relied upon to warrant impeachment? Those are the types of questions that are asked. And last week, the Committee said that the answers to these questions were affirmative.

I also wrote that the determination of substance was a different–and more difficult–hurdle. This stage has been the graveyard of past impeachment complaints. As expected, the cases against Aquino suffered a similar fate.

I’m sure the complainants knew this, that the chances of their impeachment attempt succeeding was between very slim to nil. They knew that they did not have the numbers otherwise, they wouldn’t have gone the circuitous route that required passing through the justice committee. All they could have done if they had enough support was to ask one third of the entire House membership to sign the complaint and the Speaker would have had no choice but to forward the articles of impeachment to the Senate for trial.

So why did they file the complaint despite knowing that it was a doomed adventure? Because there was propaganda mileage to be gained. If they hadn’t tried, they wouldn’t have had reason to cry with feigned hurt and surprise that they had been oppressed by the tyrannical majority.

So expect Aquino’s haters to go to town blaming the Establishment for ganging up on them who were only demanding accountability from the President for his actions. Look at Oscar Cruz, the honorable gentleman of the cloth from Pangasinan. Even he is saying that the vote was expected but he is nonetheless disappointed.

Sorry, guys but in a democracy, the majority, perhaps not necessarily the right, rules. Accept the verdict. There is always next year.

(frank.otherside@yahoo.com)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 05, 2014.

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