• Avada kedavra

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    “These elections are about maintaining (economic) momentum, implementing policies that ooze with common sense, and having a long-term orientation.”

    The online paper The World Post ran the article, “Why the Philippines should vote for Poe,” written jointly by Connecticut-based cross-border risk advisory firm Country Risk Solutions chief executive officer Daniel Wagner and Manila-based professor of international and comparative law Edsel Tupaz, capped by a rah-rah clincher: “If you want that, vote for Poe!”

    Wagner and Tupaz were all praises for the simon-pure presidential aspirant: “Between Poe and Duterte, Poe is clearly the better statesperson. Despite being relatively new politics, Poe has taken on the strongest and most progressive position in Philippine foreign policy of any presidential candidate. In addition, Poe is keen on revising the country’s national security policy and formulating a more detailed national security strategy within her first 100 days of office, along with establishing credible defense and armed forces modernization through a combination of pragmatic diplomacy, constructive engagement, and managing relations with its allies under existing mutual defense pacts.

    “By contrast, Duterte has displayed an appalling lack of knowledge or interest in international affairs.”

    Such observations must have taken two-bit spadework and brainwork to turn up facts, upon which that rah-rah clincher rests, “If you want that, vote for Poe!”

    I’m so sorry for you, Wagner and Tupaz. You picked the wrong candidate to push. You should have picked the most popular figure in the May 9 vote, someone who deserved pushing off a cliff, so his panicky rivals would say in dead earnest jest. Endorsements for Poe have become unacceptable, even anathema in this strangled neck of the woods.

    The Filipino people have chosen their darling poster boy for Viagra and for the presidency—whichever comes first, but it ought to be a swallow of the little blue pill before whatever comes. There are lame ducks and there are limp dicks, you know.

    And Richard Gordon, who is already assured of a Senate seat shouldn’t come fuming at the central news desk, seeking me out for even suggesting his name in this much-reviled column.

    Comes now another endorser, Teddy Casiño of Bayan Muna party list who cites three reasons “Why I will vote for Grace Poe,” (1) a Grace Poe presidency opens many possibilities for progressive reform and social change; (2) he believes in her integrity and competence, and (3) she is a woman, wife, and mother.

    The Casiño endorsement argues, “Of all leading presidential candidates, she is the only one that does not belong to a political clan or dynasty. She has not benefited as much from corruption or the abuse of political power that her fellow candidates have. Her father, in fact, was a victim of the vicious kind of politics that she has vowed to reform.”

    Casiño explains why the foundling is deserving of the Bayan Muna support: “As a testament to her open mindedness, she is the only candidate who earnestly and consistently engaged with the Makabayan Coalition for a joint platform of government. To show her commitment to such an endeavor, she… signed a document titled ‘Tugon sa mga Hinaing at Mithiin ng Bayan Para sa Pagbabago at Pag-unlad ng Mamamayan.’

    “Said document is not a mere politician’s promise made during a stump speech. Rather, it is a clear and deliberate articulation of what to expect from her administration and lays the basis for the progressive movement’s engagement with her government. That she has taken pains to do this shows her respect for my own principles and the social movements that I am part of, and her readiness to pursue a number of political and economic reforms we advocate,” he elaborates.

    On a personal note, Casiño is all-praises for women, likely in a subconscious affirmation that Philippine society is deep-down a matriarchy, the hand that rocks the cradle rules: “As a husband and father myself, I am a daily witness to the greatness of women who are able to work, run a household and nurture a family all at the same time. I honestly think that given the same amount of skill, wisdom and integrity, a woman will always trump a man in any position.”

    Pathetic endorsers, probably pinning their hopes in a change of heart or mind—whichever is available—of the majority of the 54-million strong electorate who have gone gaga over the promises, promiscuousness, and cussedness of a 71-year-old self-proclaimed gunfighter. The voters have sunk to their knees in adulation, in homage to their idol who is supposedly single-handedly about to bring change into their miserable lives. Loose change is coming.
     
    Tigalpo, maran mantra, et al
    Avada kedavra is Aramaic—the language Jesus Christ spoke—for “Let it be destroyed,” (or) “I destroy as I speak.” This potent phrase can be used for healing; “it” refers to an illness, a malady. Hurling it out as a lethal curse entails a 49-day preparation of the spirit that can unleash its full power. Certain maladies can be healed with certain remedies.

    Verse 109 in The Dhammapada (Sayings of Buddha) ought to be a reassurance for the diehard fans of the 71-year-old candidate for the presidency: “To one ever eager to revere and serve the elders, these four blessings accrue: long life and beauty, happiness and power.” (I’m afraid certain people are also eager to serve him a warrant of arrest for plunder.)

    Verse 110 of the same collected sayings affirms: “It is better to live one day ethically and reflectively than to live a hundred years immoral and unrestrained.”

    Tigalpo, maran mantra, and such bundle of powerful orisons or curses for inflicting untold harm and painful deaths need to be honed to their keenest edge through fasting and earnest prayer.

    As the poet-warrior-monarch who wrote Proverbs assures the Christians among us: “The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom: but the forward tongue shall be cut out.”

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