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Thursday, August 05, 2021

Nalzaro: Schadenfreude

TODAY is the opening of the first regular session of the 17th Congress and President Rodrigo Duterte will deliver his first State of the Nation Address (Sona). The 1987 Constitution provides that Congress shall convene its regular session every year beginning on the fourth Monday of July. Sona is a constitutional obligation and yearly tradition, wherein the chief executive reports on the status of the country , unveils the government’s agenda for the coming year and proposes to Congress certain legislative measures.

Today’s Sona as requested by Malacañang to members of the Congress will be very simple. Saying that the event is not a fashion show, legislators, especially the ladies, were asked to wear simple business suits or plain Filipiniana and do away with their “high-class and expensive” dresses and other burloloys.

Even the food that will be served are very ordinary like the menu served during Duterte’s inauguration.

So, what can we expect in today’s Sona? I think Duterte will reiterate his policies and programs that he promised during the campaign period and his previous pronouncements. He will again tackle his tough campaign against illegal drugs and criminality, which, at this early stage, has shown signs of a “breakthrough” through killings and voluntary surrenders of suspected drug personalities. He promised to eradicate this social menace within three to six months of his administration. Imagine, there have been more or less 200 drug personalties killed in police anti-drug “legitimate operations” and thousands users and pushers have surrendered nationwide. This scenario only happens in this present administration. I’m sure this phenomenal scenario would not happen in a Binay, Roxas or Poe administration. Indeed, change has already taken place.

It has only been 25 days since Duterte assumed office. We will just give Duterte a chance to prove his worth and to implement his policies and programs. It’s too early to judge him at this point. As they say, we are still in a “honeymoon period.”

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Politicians are elected into office to serve their populace regardless of political affiliation. They run under a certain platform and implement their policies and programs once elected. Once in office, they treat their constituents equally. After elections, it’s “forgive and forget.” But this “former has-been politician” has different way of imposing his “whims and caprices” to his constituents, especially to the supporters of his political opponent. This is really his character and attitude. A very arrogant and vindictive person. I don’t know if it’s mental illness or just a plain attitude problem. He loves to see other people’s misery and misfortunes.

Is this schadenfreude? Schadenfreude “is pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others. This word is taken from German and literally means “harm-joy.” It is the feeling of joy or pleasure when one sees another fail or suffer misfortune. In short, it is a feeling of enjoyment that comes from seeing or hearing about the troubles of other people. While ‘mental illnesses’ are of different types of degrees and severity.” There are 200 kinds of mental illness and I don’t know where this attitude problem falls when a person loves to see the misery of others?

This “former has-been politician” has deprived his political opponents and supporters of their rights to enjoy some privileges and benefits from City Hall now under his watch. This is “political harassment and persecution to the highest degree.” He cut off all the honorariums extended to barangay elective officials and workers but exempted those whose barangay captains are identified with his political aggrupation, the Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK). He cut off City Hall’s police assistance because he was not consulted when the police implemented a revamp. Recently, he ordered the recall of the ambulances and mini buses of three mountain barangays whose barangay chiefs are identified with former Mayor Mike Rama in the guise of an inventory. But it’s not an inventory but an “imbargotory (confiscation).”

This is not a work of a normal person. Is there something wrong with the mind of this person? He thinks he is God.

He is already the mayor and he holds vast powers, so he should treat all constituents as equals regardless of their political affiliation. His attitude is a work of a “devil mind.” Kanang pagkadinumtanon ug pagkamangginukdanon binuhatan na sa “demonyo.”

(bobby@sunstar.com.ph)
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