THE decision of the Makabayan bloc to support the Poe-Escudero tandem belies the claim of the militant left that it is engaged in principled politics.
The alliance of the Makabayan bloc with Senators Poe and Escudero exposes the hypocrisy of the militant left and reinforces the public perception that it is just a bunch of traditional politicians (trapo) who practice the politics of accommodation and rank opportunism.
The Makabayan bloc’s opportunistic journey as a political butterfly may well fit into what a veteran columnist calls Grace Poe’s “messianic pretensions” to save this country from its age-old problems of poverty and endemic corruption.
The militant left, for all its posturing as a model of nationalism and love of country cannot fully explain why it has to embrace a candidate with a divided and fractured loyalty to the country with her unpatriotic act of renouncing her Filipino citizenship not so long ago and conveniently reacquiring it to satisfy her ambition.
Before embracing Sen. Grace Poe, did it ever occur to the militant left to ask the lady senator why her husband and her three children still retain their American citizenship?
Did it occur to the Makabayan bloc that if God forbid, Grace Poe would become president, her closest loving and unofficial adviser is a foreigner? Did it ever occur to the militant left to ask Grace Poe that in case the interests of the Philippines and the U.S. clash, for which side will she serve?
Many members of Bayan Muna like Satur Ocampo and Liza Maza had endured the brutality of the Marcos dictatorship. They ought not forget that when the late dictator imposed martial law in September 1972, around 70,000 were arrested, 3,500 were murdered, around 32,000 were tortured, and thousands disappeared.
Francis Escudero, the scion of a well-known Marcos crony and protégée, Salvador Escudero, has arrogantly advocated last year that the dictator Ferdinand Marcos should be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
Will the leaders of the militant left who suffered in the hands of the dictator feel comfortable embracing this man who idolizes the dictator Marcos who caused untold sufferings to the people, including the members of the left?
Philippine politics is like a zoo. It is inhabited by all kinds of political animals. You see so-called anti-American ideologues embracing a presidential bet who once renounced her Philippine citizenship, and became a U.S. citizen, then reacquired her Philippine citizenship as convenience dictated.
You see anti-Marcos activists who were victims of the dictatorship now coddling a vice-presidential candidate who advocates for the burial of the late dictator at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
Selfish alliances are being made by some politicians invoking “patriotism”. Indeed, as one writer aptly puts it, patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels.--Democrito C. Barcenas