TO the anti-Aquino political camps indifferent (or silently celebrating) to the second division ruling on the disqualification of Senator Grace Poe, here is one piece of advice. Read Martin Niemoller famous tract on indifference and cowardice and relate it to Ms. Poe and what seems to be an overall plot by a certain party to win the 2016 elections at all cost. Perhaps, it would clear the cobwebs off your minds and see the naked truth behind the Comelec’s second division ruling.
The naked truth? Google the “legal coup” scenario drawn earlier by lawyer Harry Roque. Then ask yourself this question. After Grace Poe, who will be next? I will fill in the blanks, borrowing from the German pastor who cringed at the cowardice of German intellectuals as the twisted plague of the Nazis was spreading over Germany.
First, they came for Grace Poe via a disqualification ruling.
Second, they jailed Jojo Binay on alleged corruption issues.
Third, they schemed to take out Digong Duterte on some trumped-up charges
The last piece was to demonize Miriam Santiago.
Until, there is no one left but “The Annointed.”
The Binay people, this is the hard truth, should not even silently celebrate the disqualification of Grace Poe. It emboldens the plotters. It is a portent of more dastardly schemes to come and Jojo Binay may be the next target. Just consider what happened to Junjun. The Duterte camp should not consider the Poe ruling as a manna from the Comelec’s second division. The administration, with its grip on the public and legal institutions, can hatch an anti-Duterte move without breaking a sweat and without a tug on the conscience. If the public and the opposition just let the Poe ruling pass, then picking out and demolishing the rest of the competitive opposition candidates would come next and would be relatively easier to execute.
If you don’t believe this, here is some piece of contemporary political history.
The release of the Special COA Audit Report right after the impeachment of former Chief Justice Renato Corona unraveled congressional pork barrel corruption that was unprecedented in the country’s political history. And the fallout was swift. Jailed were three political personalities – former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, and Senators Estrada and Revilla. There was a single thread to the three. They were prominent leaders of the opposition, with a top-tier status. Mr. Revilla was all set to run for president, Mr. Estrada for vice president. In the scheme of things, Mr. Enrile was supposed to act as the senior statesman and prime adviser to the opposition coalition that would contest the 2016 elections against the administration/LP forces.
Ask yourself, what happened to the three? And why were the three singled out for jailing and silencing? And what makes Mr. Binay or Mr. Duterte safe from the scheming of these people?
Lawyer Roque, who was tagged as a crackpot and an alarmist after expressing his views on the “legal coup” has provided a factual context on why the Aquino people would dare do it. The key word is “ desperation.” And the despair is over the static polling numbers of Mar Roxas, who is supposed to be the most credentialed presidential candidate and the spear carrier of the “Great One” – Mr. Aquino.
Under the assumed scenario of the LP, everything would go well as soon as Mr. Roxas hits double figure in the polling. From say 12 to 15 percent, the next path would be a slim lead, then a commanding majority in the polling, according to the LP-drawn (or hoped-for) scenario.
Mr. Roxas’ polling numbers indeed got a minor a “bump” after the Aquino endorsement, the LP’s media- focused search for a VP candidate and those stage-managed events hosted by business groups friendly to Aquino- Roxas.
But then reality struck back with a vengeance. The latest NCR polling that showed Mr. Roxas as second to the last among the five presidential choices, and with the outsider Digong Duterte at first. The latest poll, shattered all LP illusions that Mr. Roxas is a competitive candidate. Mr. Duterte is running on the idea that Metro Manila’s outsized role has been damning and crippling the rest of the country. Yet, he is leading in Metro Manila. Mr. Duterte has promised to build more “funeral parlors” while Mr. Roxas has been promising “nation building.” Yet, the prospective voters were found tuned out to Mr. Roxas supposed statesmanship and Mr. Duterte’s tough-on-crime meme.
So, as Mr. Roque feared, it is now Plan B. They first came for Grace Poe, who is tied in a three-way race for the presidency with Mr. Duterte and Mr. Binay.
Mr. Binay and Mr. Duterte may now be in a cocoon of safety and confidence and we can presume that they are undisturbed by the legal action against Grace Poe. They are probably making this declaration : Who can touch us?
The advice to them? Drop that confidence and read Martin Niemoller. First they came for Grace Poe. Then they will come for the two of you.