THE late Comedy King Dolphy was not only a great comic, he was also a man of wisdom –even of political wisdom.
That he was a wise man can immediately be seen by someone who never heard him speak on serious matters in the title of his authorized biography, Hindi Ko Ito Narating Mag-Isa [I didn’t Achieve These All by Myself].
Unlike other entertainment-world celebrities, he wisely shunned entering politics only to treat being an elected official as a sideline and a way of making more money.
Dolphy told of getting and refusing an offer from then Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile of a berth in his party’s senatorial slate. Dolphy would surely have been the topmost winner. And as a senator he would have been on his way to Malacañang. He also turned down an offer to run for mayor of Manila.
Why did he nix running for office? Ricky Lo, the dean of showbiz writers, asked him in an interview. His quick, and witty, reply: “What if I win?” He said it was easy to run for office but impossible to do an honest day’s work as an official if one continued being a showbiz success.
In another interview, that time with GMA News’ Jessica Soho, Dolphy elaborated with a lecture for political officials: “Doon nga ako natatakot, kasi baka manalo ako. Kung talagang papasok ako riyan, talagang magsilbi ako sa bayan. Kung mapapabayaan ko lang, huwag na. [That’s what I fear: that I might win. If I really go into it, then I would really serve the nation. If I would only end up neglecting it (the work and the duties), then I won’t go into politics.],” he said. He also spoke about the importance of combating corruption and for presidents and other officials to be clean.
Dolphy also seriously considered the qualifications of candidates to support. In the 2010 elections he supported defeated Nacionalista Party’s then senator Manny Villar against the Liberal Party’s BS Aquino. He could probably foresee that this president would do everything during his almost six years in office to destroy the institutions of our Republic, including our electoral democracy and the Supreme Court.
What Dolphy feared has been happening in the Philippines long before he died in July 2012. Celebrities have won seats in Congress and proved to be inept and lazy–like BS Aquino himself and our National Fist, the international boxing champion, Manny Pacquiao who has also become the Truancy Champion at the House of Representatives.
What Dolphy feared has also happened in a Latin-American country that the Filipinos only know by name, Guatemala.
Last Sunday, 70 percent of the Guatemalan voters elected Jimmy Morales, a television comedian with no political experience and no real policy platform, president of their country. Only six months ago, polls showed him getting only 1percent of the voters.
His campaign slogan was “not corrupt, not a thief” and won the public just as BS Aquino’s “Kung walang kurap, walang mahirap.”
Analysts attribute Jimmy Morales’ victory mainly to Guatemala’s being immersed in corruption (very much like the Philippines, and more so now under BS Aquino). President Otto Pérez Molina was charged with counts of corruption early in September. And virtually all top public officials were also indicted.
Corruption is so bad today–worse by multiples than during the past administrations of Mrs. Arroyo and Mr. Erap Estrada. We are getting to be as bad as Guatemala.
In 2007, the United Nations established the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala, an investigative body for the prosecution of corrupt Guatemalan officials. That Commission last April uncovered a customs bribery scam called La Línea. Customs agents were taking bribes at Guatemala’s border and sent shares to the very top of the government.
We pray that something like that happens here and reveals the corruption that involves BS Aquino and his key people. May God punish them for their impunity — and their approval of the injustices against the Lumads.