Saturday, May 15, 2010

Yellow Fever

A week after the first “fully automated” election in the country, there is a great chance that Noynoy would be the President. But why am I not at peace at that? Raul

Pangalangan, in his May 14 column in the Inquirer, reminded me why. He cited seven reasons why we should be cautious instead of catharthic. Pangalangan concentrated on the technical side of things which involve a “vindicated” COMELEC and Smartmatic-TIM. However, my reasons go beyond that.

I am an EDSA DOS baby. An activist whose political consiousness was awakened by Erap’s not-so subtle travesty of the presidency. Clearly, I would not want a deposed president, convicted of plunder charges, pardoned by a fake president to return to power. It just doesn’t make sense.

But Noynoy’s presidency would make littler sense, because clearly, the man is run by many advisers. Ergo, his presidency will be the presidency of his advisers. Which, by the way, he could not even unite.

The Noy-Mar tandem has been effectively counter-acted, as of the lastest poll counts, by the Noy-Bi tandem. Notice the difference? These two groups are united for Noynoy, but have a different choice for his vice-president. Personal (personal is also political) gains at stake must be behind this discrepancy. Why, even the angelic-faced Mikee C. Jaworski is involved in this devious plan.

But one thing is sure. Noynoy’s presidency will not be a presidency for the people and of the people. For how can a big landlord supported by big businesses embody an electorate composed mainly of farmers and the urban poor.

His integrity has already been put into question when he allegedly lobby for the Subic-Clark Express to pass through Hacienda Luisita, thus the Subic-Clark-TARLAC Express (SCTEX). They, Noynoy and his clan, gained millions of pesos from taxpayers money used to construct this passage.

I could also never forget the 2004 (or was it 2005?) Hacienda Luisita Massacre. He has downplayed this event and even hinted that “outside elements” were to blame why the bloody dispersal happened. He simply could not understand then and now why their own farmhands would revolt againts them. “Isn’t P9 a day enough for them?” he probably thought. And when he promised to distribute Hacienda Luisita’s land to the farmers after he is elected president is a lot of bull. That is a plain electoral promise uttered only to diffuse the heat and gain “pogi” points. Add to this the fact that the Cojuanco head of the corporation has denied ANY intent to distribute the hacienda any time soon, in a recent interview with an intenational publication. How’s that for honesty?

Noynoy does not represent the genuine change the people are looking for. Rather he is proof that the bourgeiosie is still taking the reins in this country. All this is making me rather feverish.

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