I’m kind of tired talking about fitness (because I’m not sexy yet and it’s been weeks since I’ve been to the gym) and money (because, really I have none to talk about). Let’s talk about something that’s really dear to my heart. No, it’s not sex. That’s another thing. I’m talking about politics.
Some weeks ago I met a preacher who claimed that former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is an innocent woman.
Not all preachers would talk about the Bible and the glories of heaven and God. Some are art fanatics. Some have sport-oriented minds. And some can be political animals. Mr. Preacher is a holy man. No doubt about it. He’s a missionary and he has helped a lot of people in the poorest areas of
and other parts
of the Manila . As I spend
some time with him, taking him and his wife around the city, I discovered that
he’s a kind man with a good and sincere heart, and very intelligent. Philippines
At home, while we were waiting for dinner, we talked about his personal life and his friends. I discovered that he liked playing golf, and like most golfers in the
, his friends
are from the richest and most influential caste of Philippine society. He’s
friends with generals and businessmen. He runs a non-government organization
that sometimes works with known political figures, congressmen and governors. He’s
quite an observer of the Philippine political scene, probably because of his
advantageous close connections with the powerful. Philippines
We talked about the disasters that happened in the
. In particular,
during the difficult times of Ondoy and Pepeng. Philippines
According to Mr. Preacher, Gloria Arroyo was a woman with balls, an ironclad will, and a President who believed in action.
She helped and funded Mr. Preacher’s organization. They didn’t know each other personally. It just happened that during one of the former President’s visits in the typhoon-wrecked areas she observed the honest and sincere action and support of Mr. Preacher and his organization. She included Mr. Preacher’s organization in the task force to help the victims of the storm.
I did some research and found this link:
I tried asking him about various corruption issues in which the former President was allegedly involved, and the alleged transfer of money from government funds to her electoral campaign machinery to promote her in Pampanga.
He dismissed most of the issues as black propaganda. The demonization of the media.
He denied being a pro-Arroyo. But he insisted on fair play and justice. He didn’t claim that Arroyo is totally innocent of all the charges against her, but as far as he is concerned, the woman was a hard-working president who believed in action. Of course, who would dare to bite the hand that feeds you, right?
I countered his statement saying that she only released pork-barrel funds for her allies that’s why she got so much support from other politicians.
That’s not true, according to Mr. Preacher. The former president, as he observed, was willing to support and help the strongest allies of her former enemy, former President Joseph Estrada, if they have sensible and efficient projects and proposals.
And that’s one thing her critics and enemies can never deny- that she is a hard-working woman. Have you seen the video where she went ballistic before her press conference started because Malacanang’s press personnel were nowhere to be found and all of the reporters and journalists were already there? That’s efficiency. I know it. I’ve done the same thing over the inefficiency of some official in our organization during my stint as a national chairman of churva chuchu (hahahaha!).
And as regards to efficiency, having studied a little bit of finance and economics, I always say that the progress Philippines is enjoying now is the fruit of the economic reforms planted in the past by Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and not by President Noynoy Aquino. The year 2013 will be decisive and defining moment because that’s the time when the effects of Arroyo’s economic reforms will wane. We will see what President Aquino will do when the situation has changed. Will he be laidback again, like he’s used to ever-since he entered politics? Or will he have the balls to face the challenges ahead, the way the ever-hated former president did in the past?
I have no credible opinion to share really regarding Arroyo’s innocence. I used to be a GMA supporter, because I didn’t approve Joseph Estrada’s way of running the country. I turned my back against her when she ran for president in 2004. The Hello Garci scandal just worsened my aversion towards her.
But looking at the situation now, at the cool and elite current President, and all this crusade of the good against the proliferation of evil, I ask myself if we are actually pursuing a righteous goal in Aquino’s “daang matuwid”?
How can it be a straight path when he tolerates the corruption and questionable behaviour of his friends, allies and Cabinet members, but cries out for a witch-hunt against his predecessor and company?
In 2010, I voted for most of the candidates of the Liberal Party, and for President Aquino. That was the first time I voted as an overseas absentee voter. I even gave financial support. Even though I’m not a big-time lobbyist, but if you hold on to a political belief, it shouldn’t be just with your mouth but also with your pockets.
Do I have regrets now for supporting Noynoy and his not-so-saintly company? Sometimes I think of how I should’ve been practical in choosing the next leaders of the country. But I have no regrets because I believe in my ideals. Our political culture should be based on principles of the party, and not on the personalities in the party. I started in this manner, and I’m educating other youth and concerned citizens on how it should be done, just like here in
and in Italy Europe in general.
Democracy is a human product, therefore, it is imperfect. That’s why we should educate ourselves and try to be the best for our country. Development will not come overnight. It is a process. Democracy is always a process. I have faith in the power of the people, and our power to choose the next leaders. I have faith in the voice of the people. And I have faith in God who establishes through divine appointment the authorities under His throne.
Whether Arroyo is guilty or not, whether Noynoy is an agent of good or evil forces, still the future, peace and prosperity of the
are in the
hands of the people. Philippines
Remember this, our ancestors didn’t shed tears, sweat and blood just for us to trash our right and duty to vote and forget our freedom of speech.
God bless the
Disclaimer: I’m not running for a congressional seat or any political position. But if you really insist, yes, you can vote for me to become a senator of the
. Thank you!