IN trying to knock some sense of civic virtue, common honesty and concern for Filipinos into President BS Aquino and his gang in Malacañang and the Liberal Party coalition, we and dozens of public commentators have mainly reminded them of exhortations by Christian and Western moralists and philosophers. But all our pleas have had no effect.
President Aquino and his gangmates have not relented. They continue to hypocritically declare their governance to be reformist, claiming to tread the “Daang Matuwid” against the naked truth that venality, incompetence, dereliction of duty, laziness, and injustice characterize the Aquino administration. As a result the masses suffer poverty, hunger, unemployment, criminality, horrible traffic congestion, human rights abuses, and a dozen other social maladies.
Today, in hopes that BS Aquino and his gangmates will feel more susceptible to words from an unusual source, we will quote from a Hindu guru, the late monk Swami Vivekananda. He died young, at age 39 on July 4, 1902. He is leading figure bringing Indian Vedanta and Yoga thought to the Western world.
“Soft-brained people, weak-minded, chicken-hearted, cannot find the truth. One has to be free, and as broad as the sky,” he taught.
Scheme to besmirch the 44 PNP-SAF Martyrs
BS Aquino was obviously scheming to besmirch the memory of the 44 PNP-SAF Martyrs in Mamasapano. His motive: By expunging the heroism of the Fallen 44, the Filipino people, prosecutors and judges would be less zealous in pursuing the case of treason and/or criminal negligence against him, Secretary Mar Roxas and Secretary Voltaire Gazmin (the two highest security officials who were with the President on January 25, 2015, when the Fallen 44 were massacred and when Aquino directly or indirectly gave the order not to reinforce and rescue the besieged commandos, and Roxas and Gazmin also made no effort to help the commandos.)
But BS Aquino proved to be a soft-brained and weak-minded schemer. He did not realize that bringing up doubts about the Fallen 44’s having done the work of killing the fugitive Terrorist Marwan would trigger a backlash. Instead of letting the Mamasapano Massacre continue to become one more forgotten crime of this President, his words about an “Alternative Truth” only revived public interest in learning the absolute truth about his order for rescuers to stand down.
It only made the widows and orphaned children of the Fallen 44 to once more cry out their anguish. And repeat their grievance that up to now they have not received all the aid and benefits BS Aquino promised to give them.
It also offended the PNP officials who conducted the Police Board of Inquiry investigation into the massacre. Police Director (General) Bejamin Magalong, who headed the Board of Inquiry, said: “I stand by my report. The [surviving]SAF officers risked their lives as their colleagues sacrificed their own just to get Marwan. They have saved the lives of many people who would have been victimized by him.”
More than 300 SAF members, military officials, witnesses and civilians provided information and they signed affidavits.
BS Aquino publicly made a statement to show that he was no longer interested in besmirching the honor of the Fallen 44. The Palace announced that BS Aquino thought the “alternative” story — obviously the one told by his friends, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front–was probably not the truth after all.
BS Aquino apparently had another motive for his scheme. To make the MILF smell good again, so that its — and Aquino’s — desired law giving a mini-constitution and creating the Bangsamoro substate could be given a new lease on life.
But, as Swami Vivekananda taught, soft-brained and weak-minded people “cannot find the truth.” Meaning, truth will not be on their side, and their schemes will fail.
We pray the Aquino and gang’s scheme to control the results of the 2016 elections with the use of Smartmatic and its renamed PCOS machines also suffer failure.