THE great example President Aquino and his closest collaborator in the Cabinet, Department of Budget and Management, Sec. Florencio Abad, have been giving to the youth—and for that matter to their adoring fans of all ages—is how easy it is to casually make promises and just as casually break them.
Over the radio and to interested parties, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s respected Mohagher Iqbal spoke about President Aquino’s having broken his promise to him and the other MILF leaders that he, the President, in effect would deliver the Bangsamoro sub-state Basic Law and the sub-state itself. Based on Mr. Iqbal’s words, we in The Manila Times published the accurate front page banner story “Iqbal: Aquino broke his promise” on Friday August 8. Later, the Palace and its OPAPP people must have requested Mr. Iqbal to make a retraction and make our August 8 headline seem wrong, in the sense that Mr. Iqbal never accused President Aquino of breaking promises.
So the Honorable Mohagher Iqbal dutifully spoke to some journalists in Mindanao and our own correspondent, Jalmunir Jannaral, saying, in effect, that he did not say President would ever do such a dirty thing but that he only said blah blah blah blah and blah.
Those who heard the words he uttered on DZRH and maybe other radio stations know the truth. So do the people in the Palace—maybe even President Aquino himself. But everybody seems to be happy when problems are papered over and gracious mendacity prevails. Maybe including us at The Times. LOL, as the Facebook and Twitter generation would say. And that is why we had that banner yesterday, Tuesday, August 12, “After 10-day marathon talks—Prospects bright for Bangsa law passage.”
We were not being mealy-mouthed. The prospects of BBL passage are really brighter now than when our Friday banner had the story “Iqbal: Aquino broke his promise.”
The real story is that there are still major areas of disagreement and the best that could be done, after the 10-day talks, is that Mr. Iqbal and his counterpart, Madam Coronel-Ferrer, would go back to their principals to inform them of the problems. The principals are, of course, for Madam Coronel-Ferrer President Aquino. And for Ustadz Iqbal, it’s MILF Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim.
Mr. Aquno has broken every promise he has made to us the people, his “Boss”—including the creation of a new Philippines treading the straight and righteous path (Tuwid na Daan), a prosperous country governed by virtuous officials because kung walang kurap, walang mahirap (when there are no corrupt officials, there is no poverty) and a transparent government because there will be a Freedom of Information Act.
And that is why it doesn’t surprise us that 18 days after he promised the senators (in particular Senators Nancy Binay, Grace Poe and Ralph Recto), on nationwide TV, during the Senate hearing on the DAP on July 24, that he would submit DAP documents—to show that he was not lying and that everything about the DAP money and its release was aboveboard—Secretary Florencio Abad has not submitted the SAROs and other documents he was asked to produce.
Abad’s reneging on his promise indicates that there has really been a lot of hanky-panky.