Pres. Noynoy and the Kapampangans-A A +A
By Max Sangil
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
WHAT is it with President Noynoy Aquino? Why is it that every time he goes to Pampanga, he berates and insults the Kapampangans?
Last week, he visited us with the senatorial bets of the Liberal Party and mincing no words, he loudly declared that many of us here haven't learned yet to trek his “matuwid na daan.”
Possibly, he came to know that at one time, when his political partner Mar Roxas -- now secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government -- visited our province and insulted several local officials and allowed Among Ed Panlilio to sit in the presidential table and breached time-honored protocol by letting the governor of the province and other officials to sit among the audience. Roxas thought he got away with that.
What is 'matuwid na daan' by the way? The right path? Right path to what? Right path to perdition? Right path to good governance? Right path in cleansing corrupt government agencies? Just because he pronounced that there will be no more 'wangwang' in our roads and everyone followed, he thought to himself that he corrected the ills of Philippine society.
There is a limit in pricking the sensibilities of the Kapampangans, Mr. President. You are a now president, but that will only be until 2016. You may say whatever you want to say and all the sycophants around will come out with thunderous clapping of hands.
Your own martyr father Ninoy, if alive today, might be giving you a piece of his mind, or maybe a history of the Kapampangans.
Pampanga has traditional revolutionary heritage. Tarik Soliman of Macabebe, Luis Taruc of San Luis, Pedro Abad Santos of San Fernando and Satur Ocampo of Sta. Rita will not take insults just like the new generation of kabalens. Have you heard of these names Mr. President -- Nilo Tayag, Jose Lansang, Sammy Rodriguez, Bernabe Buscayno, Angel Baking and a long list of Kapampangans who are as patriotic like your father and whose roots can be traced in Magalang?
Can you thump your breast and proclaim that your 'matuwid na daan' is a success? Is there no more corruption in the Department of Public Works and Highways? Wala na ba ang 10, 20 o 30 percent na kickback sa mga proyekto? If you say no more by your own people, they are misleading you. Ask the janitors and security guards of DPWH. They know better.
No more corruption in the Bureau of Customs, Bureau of Internal Revenue, Department of Environment of Natural Resources, Department of National Defense and many other government agencies? No more police officials and Malacañang functionaries on the take from the “jueteng” operation in the country? Ask our people outside of your circle.
Three years is no longer the period for taking baby steps in governance. And don't believe what you read on the three major newspapers of this country. Their policies are not to hit you because they owe to your mother what they are now. Don't believe what is being said by commentators on radio programs, particularly those owned by the Lopezes because this family got back what they sold to the Benedictos when your mom became president.
This coming Lenten season, may you reflect more in order to see the realities around you. God bless us!
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on March 07, 2013.