Pity the Aquinos?
Kris Aquino, the sister of President BS Aquino The Last, is portraying her brother as a victim of naysayers. In a tear-jerker of a statement, the “Queen of All Media” according to ABS-CBN, said that their opponent could never put them down.
BS Aquino and his family are acting as if they are victims of injustice and that they are toughing it out despite this. Should we commend them for their toughness of character? Well, I consider this toughness of skin, or pure chutzpah, for by no stretch of imagination could it be said that the administration’s critics are making issues where there is none.
No, there can be no pity for the unfeeling BS Aquino. He’s not a victim of injustice or of extreme prejudice. He’s a victim of an erroneous belief that everything he does should be accepted by a diverse society and that he can never do or say anything wrong. Worst of all, he’s a victim of his own failure to see reality.
There’s nothing new in BS Aquino’s refusal to talk or meet with his critics. I’ve known this since the years I covered him at the Senate. I’ve cited several times that he has been ignoring Sen. Joker Arroyo, a family friend of more than 40 years, after then Sen. BS Aquino dared to debate with Joker on a legal issue and his legal pretensions were unmasked. I don’t know what made him believe that he knew more about the law than Joker but he did believe that, and he still has not forgiven Joker for not playing along with his misconception of his grasp of legal issues.
During BS Aquino’s years as a senator, he never showed any outstanding quality. Neither am I aware of any reform measure that he personally championed. That’s the main reason why I looked with suspicion at claims that he’s a reformist.
I believe many also know BS Aquino not only as being so hard-headed as described by his uncle Peping Cojuangco, but also being onion-skinned and vindictive, or to use a Tagalog word “mapagtanim.” During the presidential campaign, he refused to attend any media forum where his critics were in attendance. He’s so onion-skinned that he even made snide remarks when the grieving widows of the Mamasapano massacre asked him to give justice to their loved ones.
The administration and the Yellows have been very busy removing the water from their leaking vessel. With each new debacle, their boat is sinking faster. The only way they could bail themselves out is by puffing themselves more with air. However, they might blow themselves up into pieces, what with hot air being blown their way. Or, can prayers save them?
Last Monday, BS Aquino The Last led a so-called prayer for peace and unity at Malacañang. Most probably, he wanted to show a stiff upper lip amid the criticisms thrown his way. Yet, the personalities involved in that prayer meeting showed that he wanted to keep away from sight those who snipe at him. Indeed, that was a most unique stab at reconciliation for he didn’t invite his critics. To him, reconciliation involves only those who are for him. He once said that his critics were incurable and that he was leaving their fate to God. I wonder what made him believe he has a clearer, surer path to God than his critics, most of whom are religious leaders.
He must have prayed in that Malacañang gathering: “Lord, please help my critics see the light and see things my way. Give them the intelligence to listen to my statements and decisions without question, the proper understanding of why I could speak about the Mamasapano Massacre only at the proper time and without any interrogation. Silence their voice when they question me for I’m completely following the straight path. And Lord, if you can’t make them do these things, keep them out of my sight and hearing distance, send them to Hell where they properly belong or else I’ll go out of my mind.”
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