Malacañang must have been thankful the Paquiao-Mayweather pre-fight hype and the continuing saga of Mary Jane Veloso had overshadowed the Labor Day issues, particularly the workers’ demand for a wage hike.
In all arrogance, President Noynoy even snubbed labor leaders, skipping a “traditional” Mayo Uno breakfast dialog with them.
Thousands of protesters who trooped to Mendiola were blocked by barbed wires and anti-riot policemen.
Instead of hearing the workers’ grievances, Noynoy chose to do photo ops in Cebu City, including a cameo at a contrived mini-job fair sponsored by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), which has done nothing to alleviate the massive unemployment in the country.
Under the government’s “labor export” policy that encourages a brain drain, a lot of our kababayans have gone astray and ended up being exploited abroad.
Countless of Filipinos have been victims of abuses or have chosen to work in strife-torn countries rather than suffer starvation here.
In that sense, the tragedy of Mary Jane has everything to do with the observance of Labor Day last Friday.
It dramatizes the desperation of Filipino jobseekers who easily fall prey to modern-day slave traders known now as human traffickers.
It clearly shows how Noynoy’s five years of Matuwid Na Daan have failed to stem worsening unemployment and the widening gap between the wealthy and the impoverished Filipinos.
Unfortunately, not too many among the poorest of the poor are gifted with the special talents that catapulted Paquiao from rags to riches.
Well, the public’s anticipation of yesterday’s mega-fight (which turned out sadly for Paquiao and us Filipinos) and the “miracle” in Indonesia’s death row even distracted attention from the whitewash-coverup of the Masasapano massacre.
After all the lies and finger-pointing over the bloody mess, it was almost heart breaking to hear about Noynoy desperately dogging Indonesian President Joko Widodo “at the sideline” of the recent Asean leaders summit in Malaysia.
Malaysia happens to be the transit point from which Mary Jane was unknowingly used to transport the 2.6 kilo of heroin into Indonesia.
And, that’s what makes Mary Jane’s exoneration extremely difficult, the fact that the crime she was convicted for transpired between Kuala Lumpur and Indonesia.
Illegal recruiter Ma. Kristine Sergio, whose “surrender” spurred Mary Jane’s reprieve, now denies she had anything to do with the drugs.
Malacañang, which had announced it accepts Indonesia’s death verdict, immediately grabbed credit for the suspension of the execution. Kapalmuks!
Bannered in some newspapers, the Palace press release looked more like paid ads.
Doesn’t Noynoy deserve to be given epal credit for doing what he should have done years ago after Mary Jane was condemned to die by musketry?
Mary Jane has languished in jail for five years since her February 2010 arrest.
Definitely, Noynoy must do everything now to help Mary Jane stay alive because doing so means exactly the same for this inutile administration, “staying alive.”
There are reportedly at least 80 other Filipinos on death row, mostly in China and other countries.
Will the government keep noynoying until execution hour?