• The rule of mediocrity in Philippine democracy

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    IN a democracy like the Philippines, the majority rules. If the majority is mad, then the sane should be institutionalized – unless the sane people boot out those who persist in making this a mad country.

    A true hero of EDSA 1 (it’s no longer called EDSA People Power Revolution for obvious reasons), retired Lt. Antonio Sotelo, said that while there is corruption, mendicancy and mediocrity in government, these can be overcome if the people show outrage. Here’s his brief on the kind of government that we have to bear with:

    “Look at our national government. It is full of liars. It can’t run a train whose technology dates back to the 18th century. It takes six stops with long queues in six stations to travel 1.5 kilometers. The roads it repairs are washed out on the first rain.

    “We send athletes abroad, win no medals and the Head says they had done a good job. We are content with mediocrity.”

    Ouch! Has our hero become a fault-finder? He was full of hopes and dreams when he led his squadron of fighter pilots to defect to the rebel side in 1986. He may still have his ideals but it looks like the hopes he nurtured after EDSA 1 have gone by the wayside. Why?

    “Our country is a joke – a reflection of the quality of leaders we had and have,” he argued. Amen I say to this. When we have a BS for a president, what else can we expect?

    |Then looking at the Mamasapano Massacre, General Sotelo said that the operation by the Special Action Force of the Philippine National Police was “a comedy of errors from beginning to end” and that it exposed “the kind of people we are and the institutions we have.”

    He questioned if the PNP could be expected to do a good job with such a serious task as going to war. He went on to cite the many controversies besetting the PNP, including reports that most of the rifle grenades used by the PNP-SAF in Mamasapano were defective.

    “The PNP buys helicopters but it can’t even distinguish what is brand new from the used one. How can the PNP buy the proper armament when it can’t even purchase a usable rubber boat?” he lamented.

    He urges the Filipino people to demonstrate their collective outrage at the ongoing corruption and mediocrity and government. However, he stopped short of telling how they should show their outrage. BS Aquino The Last has already indicated that he will cling to his post until his term expires on June 30, 2016. Can we, should we wait that long?

    The Name Game

    A bill in the House seeks to require the use of the middle name of a person in any government transaction not only for better identification but as a sign of honor and reverence to one’s mother. Sen. Franklin M. Drilon doesn’t need a law to do so. In all his press releases and official pronouncements, he always uses his middle initial “M.”

    High officials usually use initials so in the case of Senator Drilon, he usually goes by the initials FMD. Unfortunately for him, “FMD” is better known as the initials for “Foot and Mouth Disease,” an ailment that’s associated with pigs and carabaos. Of course, some naughty minds also link FMD to politicians, but this was before Senator Drilon came around.

    If there’s a government official who could be affected by the proposed law on the use of middle initial, it’s President Benigno Simeon Aquino. Note that he has never used his middle name “Cojuangco” or the initial “C.” Well, I’m sure many won’t complain about this. By insisting on using Benigno Simeon, he justifies the use of the highly descriptive and appropriate initials “BS.”

    Incidentally, a bosom friend, fellow retired congressional reporter Bert de Guzman, made this observation on the names of sons of top officials:

    “Ferdinand Marcos has Bongbong. Ninoy Aquino and Cory Aquino have Noynoy. Vice President Jojo Binay has Jun-Jun. Why is it that they’re so enamored with using double names?”

    Search me. I really don’t know. Perhaps, I’ll have to ask Bernardo Bernardo.

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    6 Comments

    1. Hector David on

      When you have a joke as a president surrounded by self serving yes men … How do we expect the country to move forward .. Lies corruption double standar of justice misleading facts … And a whole lot more …..make this a government without credibility or respect…. In this day and age in the Philippines … money , power ,,. Self advancement are more important

    2. Why is it so important to use your middle name. In the uk manny people dont have a middle name. But i know on some official documents when i have put my name down ( & my parents name down ) when i get a letter off them it will have my faters name also as my name when it never has been & i can only put that down to some one totally useless as all they had to do was copy my name that i put on the form, as that is my name, not what they think it is. & this was to do with the courts here & it happened about 4 times so it wasnt an isolated case.

    3. Mediocrity is the word!
      Puede na yan! ang bukambibig for something that is not that good!Kaya puede na yang defective arms n yan,yang grandfathered chopper na yan. Paano naman, ilang matatalinong ilustrado ang naging Presidente,pare-pareho lang na di napaangat ang Pinas,ibinaon pa sa utang at kahirapan. Nawala pa ang respeto ng daigdig! Nawala na rin ang nationalism! Buti pa ang Vietnam, hindi mapagtawanan ng mga Intsik!

    4. Roldan Guerrero on

      Mediocrity is not the right word. It is long below mediocre level. We are governed by a SUBSTANDARD REGIME led by a leader who is LEGALLY and MENTALLY RETARDATE. AQUINO is exactly a SHAME FOR EVERY FILIPINOS as president.

    5. Could it be that the reason PNoy does not use the “C” in his middle name has something to do with the death of his father?

    6. The defection of Lt. Col. Antonio Sotelo was one of the turning point of EDSA 1. After his military service, he was not given any position in the government as a reward. It only means he did his action without expecting anything in return but his dream of a good governance which most participants of EDSA wish for. I salute you Sir!