“Goodbye my PNoy goodbye.
You will not come back again,
You will not come back again,
Goodbye my PNoy, do not cry.”
–From an elementary school song
in the public schools with simple editing
from the author to make the song contemporary
Benigno Simeon C. Aquino 3rd also known as PNoy is the master surrender artist among all who sat on the Palace throne. More than any President of the Philippines, he has developed surrender into an art. Whenever he meets a powerful adversary, he immediately surrenders, almost without even asking the questions how much and at what cost.
In the recent INC demonstrations over the so-called issue of separation of Church and State and the exercise of freedom of religion, in a matter of five days PNpy surrendered to the INC to the consuming delight of its members, chanting in effect, “We won, we won!” The chant is obviously clear – the INC won the day.
PNoy surrendered to the power of the INC, real or imagined. PNoy, in effect, went to Canossa, prostrate and helpless, before the towering figure of Eduardo Manalo, the INC God’s representative on Earth, at the sacrifice of the honor of the presidency and the impregnability of the Constitution. To PNoy the Constitution is nothing but a scrap of paper just as long as he can get the support of the block voting power of the INC for his presidential candidate, Mar Roxas, in the presidential elections of 2016 (if it comes) and at the sacrifice of the honor of his Department of Justice (DOJ) and the fate of the literally colorful headed DOJ secretary, Leila De Lima.
The sitting President was able to wiggle out of his dilemma by sacrificing De Lima at the altar of the INC. Seeing the sad looking De Lima in the pictures appearing in the papers during the limited Cabinet meeting to resolve the impasse, it was clear that De Lima became a sacrificial lamb to be thrown to the lions in the INC arena.
The pathological liars among the PNoy spinners, including some members of the Cabinet, like Abad and De Lima, are trying hard to tell the public that there is no deal between PNoy and the INC. Why do they continue to lie and attempt to fool the people? It is even obvious to the more intelligent high school students. As Abraham Lincoln put it so well, you can fool all the people some of the time; some of the people all the time; but you can never fool all the people all the time. Not even the science and art of Joseph Goebbels in making lies the truth, if repeated very often, work in this case.
PNoy and INC – joint losers
PNoy and INC are joint losers in this case. But in the case of PNoy, it only confirms his being the master artist of surrender. In the case of the INC, its claims to intelligence, complete unity, and moral and religious purity have been unmasked by the Samson complaints. The INC will never be the same. It proved itself hollow like the other religious sects that claim to be the direct representatives of God on this Earth.
INC showed its physical strength in terms of numbers. It had crowds better than the traditional politicians could muster. But its claim to unity was hit by temblors that registered 7.3 in the Richter scale. Its claim to a block vote in every election is starting to vanish as fast as its crowds came to EDSA. Its moral authority crumbled with Samson’s and others’ claims of graft and corruption.
This is the problem with religious sects in this country; they smell more of business than of religion.
With respect to intelligence – the ability to effectively manipulate people, the reason of the demos as freedom of religion and separation of Church and State — is an overwhelming show of ignorance of the inviolability of the separation of Church and State under section 6, Article II of the Constitution and the free exercise of religion under section 5, Article III of the Constitution.
Take these as hypothetical examples. If Eduardo Manalo, the head of the INC, commits rape on one of his followers, cannot the Department of Justice entertain the complaint of the victim simply because it would be a violation of the separation of Church and State and it is an exercise of freedom of religion? Of course, that is a lot of nonsense and any lawyer who claims that the DOJ should not entertain the complaint because it would be a violation of the doctrine of separation of Church and State and curtailment of the freedom of freedom should be sent back to elementary school and disbarred from the practice of law for gross stupidity and irremediable ignorance.
Suppose if Mike Velarde, the flamboyant head of El Shaddai, the religious sect, would be charged with estafa by one of its members before the DOJ, cannot the DOJ accept the complaint because it would be interference on religious freedom and the doctrine of separation of Church and State? Of course not! The DOJ should go through with the process otherwise the DOJ secretary and other officials would be charged with violation of the Anti-Graft Law and Corrupt Practices Act (RA 3019) and the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards of Government Officials and Employees (RA 6713).
And poor PNoy, who must have been trembling at the sight of the demonstration, surely consumed several packs of cigarettes before he signed the terms of surrender –whether by ink or lips to lips.
The art of surrender
He was only running true to form. When China occupied the West Philippine Sea, all the poor guy could do was met the Chinese invasion of the shoals with abysmal silence – Surrender!
When the Malaysians pummeled the followers of the Sultan of Sulu in Sabah, PNoy – the surrender artist – sided with the Malaysians and threw the Filipinos to the Malaysian wolves, helpless and without protection. Again, surrender!
When the MILF –Iqcbal, Murad, Jaafar and company – wanted a piece of the Republic so they could exploit the natural resources meant for Filipinos and establish a base of the Muslim Universal Caliphate in the Philippines with ISIS and ISIL fighters, he gave them territory, powers of sovereignty, the FAB, the CAB and his version of the BBL on a silver platter – in blatant violation of the Philippine Constitution. Another case of scandalous and blatant surrender!
When the Americans wanted to install their forces, temporary or permanent, in the Philippines complete with nuclear weapons in violation of section 8 of Article II of the Constitution, PNoy surrendered to the Americans – delighted and ecstatic.
When the Japanese Prime Minister made an unacceptable and left-handed apology to the people of the countries where their soldiers arrested and maintained comfort women during the Second World War, PNoy the surrender artist accepted the insulting apology on the claim that Japan is our friend.
Surrender! Surrender! And surrender! That’s all PNoy knows. Of course, he also surrenders to his autistic nephew, Joshua, in the computer games. But to the help, PNoy has nothing but a smirk and a sneer! What a President! What a country!
Do we still have the best, brightest, the bravest, the committed, the clean and competent? Well, he is still around – waiting for his next move, like in a chess game, to create his own season for the people and the country. Good luck and good hunting!