IF we, Filipinos, do not radically change, cruelty—not hospitality—will become our hallmark.
The most visibly cruel person in our country is no less than our president himself.
His adorers raise their voices hoarse to defend his acts of cruelty to his predecessor, former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. These BS Aquno fanatics not only justify and defend their idol’s cruelty they themselves seem to be controlled by the dark emotions that dominate Mr. Aquino in his dealings with his foes.
They spew the most vulgar and sharp curses at those who vilify the president for his cruelty and vindictiveness. And they are quick to curse those who point out their hero-president’s mistakes and failures as paid lapdogs of Mrs. Gloria Arroyo.
The cruelty of President Aquino to his perceived enemies, the mimicry of his cruelty by his worshipful admirers, and the dutiful obedience to him of officials who should only be doing their jobs professionally, without cruel theatrics, have been seen in their treatment of the three highest personages to be indicted in the PDAF or pork barrel scam.
Officials and political-party allies of President Aquino talk about Enrile, Estrada and Revilla as if our country does not have a proper judicial system. They talk as boorishly as the least civilized of the Aquino camp-followers and refer to the three plunder-indicted big shots as if they were already found guilty by the Sandiganbayan. These are officials who seem to have cruelly forgotten that there is a principle that holds the most obvious criminal to be innocent until proven guilty.
Not only the Aquino camp is cruel
Those who belong to the opposite political parties and ideological persuasions also speak with Satanic heat against the president and his men, his sister Kris and, of course, his incompetent, ineffective and corrupt Cabinet members.
But even some of those who love to have televised moments of fame do so with the vileness of harpies. The master of this form of cruelty is Senator Miriam Santiago. And the fact that we Filipinos—almost to a man—admire her for these performances only shows that cruelty has indeed become our most common trait.
We will not be surprised if a scientific study shows that this exaltation of cruelty in Philippine society is related to the rise in criminality.
Obviously, the increase in crimes for profit among the lower classes in our society is a result of the massive poverty the Aquino administration has failed to reduce.
But the crime of stealing billions meant for the poor, perpetrated by the PDAF-pork barrel plunderers, has risen astronomically, too. And the perpetrators are not poor Filipinos but men of power and prestige.
This, to us, is another proof that cruelty has become the predominant unvirtue—this term has more force than the correct term “bad habit” or “evil trait”—of our people.
For Janet Lim-Napoles, her co-operators, and the senators, congressmen and Malacañang officials at the Department of Budget and Management who stole billions meant for the poorest Filipinos are monsters of cruelty and heartlessness.