In Behalf of GMA-A A +A
By Max Sangil
For the Record
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
HAVE a heart Mr. President! Please!
Do not ever forget that when your father, Senator Ninoy Aquino was sick, he was even allowed by a dictator to get treatment, in the United States of America even.
It is your moment to shine, a good time to show that you were raised in a Christian home. Allow former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to bond time with her family, especially with her grandchildren, this Holiday Season. I can presume she is missing her “apos” a lot.
What is a week-long furlough? It will not bring down your government. Don't listen with a vengeful heart. Don't listen to bashers.
Don't give us crap that it is not in your hands to extend a furlough to GMA. You are the president of this republic. Your word will even influence every nook and cranny of the Office of the Ombudsman, Department of Justice, Sandiganbayan and the Supreme Court even.
Listen to Congress. There are more than 100 congressmen in the House of Representatives, urging you to allow GMA to spend Christmas in her home. They are the voice of the people. Vox populi, vox dei, as they say in Latin. The voice of the people is the voice of God.
Just to show you how powerful and influential you are, congressmen always toe the line when you crack your whip, Mr. President. Remember the impeachment of former Chief Justice Renato Corona? Congressmen, when told to sign the impeachment article for Corona to stand trial in the Senate, and not even allowed to read the contents, did so in submission.
Even in today's Philippine Senate, once home to revered leaders the likes of Sergio Osmena Sr., Manuel L. Quezon, Jose Diokno, Gil Puyat, Eulogio Rodriguez, Lorenzo Sumulong and your martyr father Ninoy, succumbed to to your influence, sans Senators Joker Arroyo, Miriam Defensor Santiago and Bongbong Marcos. The senate convicted Corona.
But of course there was spreading of bonanzas, courtesy of the Depatment of Budget and Management, and Butch Abad's invention of Development Acceleration Fund (DAP).
What could be the reason why you hate so much Gloria Macapagal Arroyo? Is it the corruption committed during her incumbency? If it is corruption that you hate, you should have sent Imeldific instead behind bars, or in a cramped hospital room. (By the way both ladies are now members of the House of Representatives).
Was it that the two security personnel of your late revered mother, Tita Cory, were recalled to their mother unit? To me, that shouldn't be held against the former president.
Do you suspect that she and Corona conspired to have the Supreme Court order the distribution of your family-owned Hacienda Luisita?
Or maybe there are other reasons known to you only and your family why you dislike the former president so much. But, whatever it is Mr. President, let us set it aside. It is Christmas. It is the Holiday Season.
The message of the season is peace on earth and goodwill to all men! We can only have peace if we know how to forgive and forget.
God bless you Mr. President and your forgiving heart.
Congrats to my friends Joel Tubig and wife Fe of Angeles City. They will, once again, walk the aisle for their 25th wedding anniversary on December 28.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on December 18, 2013.