Perennial Sourgraper-A A +A
At Close Range
Thursday, November 1, 2012
WITH due respect, may I suggest that the good president focus on more serious matters concerning and affecting the state rather than comment on legal matters (and cases) better left to the benign care of the courts to resolve.
Of late, he has already prejudged ousted Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona, as he announced to all and sundry that the deposed top magistrate will soon join former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in jail as he (Corona) faces tax evasion cases instituted by the Bureau of Internal Revenue, headed by a shooting buddy of the President.
I would surmise that the seemingly vindictive Chief Executive who had to wash dirty linen of the past administration in foreign lands, recently in Australia knows the Biblical quote: Judge not so as not to be judged yourself or is it really his trait to bad mouth any one who gets his ire?
Sayang, he could have banked solely on his administration's gains on the economy, rather than gain pogi points by maligning his predecessor and her allies. PNoy must appear to ignore the basic maxim of presumption of innocence unless proved otherwise?
Frankly, I must confess I cannot fathom or divine the depth or extent of the hatred this President has for his predecessor who is now visibly ill and may not last for long. Then, why the hatred? Has the President no tolerance or patience for shortcomings, no matter how huge they are? Can he not forgive and forget?
Forego that messianic complex, Mr. President. This is an imperfect world and everyone has his own peculiarities and idiosyncracies. I presume you have your own too, sir.
Of course, PNoy has good virtues and his government's crusade to root out corruption distinguishes him from his predecessors. I doff my hat to his steadfastness to his vow to cleanse the bureaucracy and follow a narrow, straight path to progress and fulfillment. It is in this light that he is deserving of being his parents' son and, coming off an influential and opulent clan, he need not dip his fingers on any shady deal as what he often alludes to GMA's alleged not-so-clean track record. Given PNoy's frequent and sustained unsavory tirades against the former lady president, may I ask of him: is that the way to treat a lady?
Totally unpresidential. While I do not come in defense of GMA, albeit a relative, I want to say that PNoy's antics in New Zealand and Australia were unbecoming of a gentleman and are totally unpresidential. What if he is on the other shoe? Or does he know karma and its effects? Is he immaculately clean and spotless? Is the quote let a man who has not sinned cast the first stone appropriate here? Ahh...
In fairness to PNoy, however, his administration is seeing some improvements in the economy. Some say they feel and see some upward ticks in the stock market and in exports. He should concentrate more on positive points, rather on badgering his immediate predecessor and the latter's allies and supporters.
Disaster preparedness. The big and powerful United States has been at the receiving end of the superstorm Sandy which hit the US east coast recently and wrecked havoc on property, some lives and the economy. It's surreal to behold such big places being swamped by nature but it is so ordinary happenstance here in the Philippines that we must have become ready and prepared for disasters and any eventuality. As predicted, there will be at least six more typhoons that may hit the country, but that's ordinary. No big deal according to NDRRMC boss Benito Ramos. Well, we'll see, sir.
There have been too many holidays that our bodies clamor for more. This attitude is counterproductive but who cares? Only the hard workers and the daily wage earners do. Sem breaks come next and the Christmas season is on full blast. After too much respite, can we start working please.
Some announcements: on November 8, Holy Cross Placement Agency will conduct a Special Recruitment Activity at Peso Marina Dau. Then on November 15, a job fair will be conducted at the covered court of Barangay San Francisco, Mabalacat City and this will be spearheaded by PESO Mabalacat as a tribute to City Mayor Marino "Boking" Morales who celebrates his 62nd birthday. Representatives of local employers and licensed recruitment agencies have been invited to conduct interviews of job seekers of Mabalacat City. Job fairs are tools to expand the services of the City's Public Employment Service Office and Mayor Boking fully supports such activities as they form part of his 7-point agenda to achieve progress for the new city.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on November 02, 2012.