“How many years must a mountain exist,
“Before it is washed to the sea?
“How many years can some people exist,
“Before they’re allowed to be free?
“How many times can a man turn his head?
“Pretending he just doesn’t see.
“The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind.
“The answer is blowing in the wind.”
– Blowin’ In the Wind” sung by The Brothers Four
One of the greatest tragedies of our time in this country is that the citizens don’t know that they live in a nuthouse. Why? Because as a rule, they are nuts! Of course, there are exceptions. Probably, about forty-nine percent of the population!
That is not encouraging. That is disturbing.
Why, oh why, Juan?
It is evident that since 1949 the electoral process has been a criminal and failed exercise. The birds and the bees of Mindanao elected a President of the Philippines, with the help of the dead and generations yet unborn.
Nobody dared contest the massive electoral cheating – the beginnings of the famous words, dagdag bawas (add and subtract) – except one brave man, a Batangueño, by the name of Medrano. He mounted a short-lived rebellion in Batangas; very understandable because the man who got cheated was one by the name of Jose Laurel, Sr., another Batangueño.
Maybe, the rebellion failed because he had not read Sun Tzu’s Art of War or Edward Luttwak’s Coup d’etat: A Manual, or a book by Grigor Ferguson of the same title. Success or defeat is always a guessing game. It is always a case of what might have been.
When Senator Gerry Roxas, the father of Mar Roxas, ran for Vice-President of the Philippines, Philippine media proclaimed him elected by a thin majority of more than a hundred thousand votes. After seeing the media results, I flew to Manila to congratulate him. On the plane, I was seated beside the Provincial Fiscal of Lanao. Since I knew him, I asked him why he was going to Manila. His answer was short and simple he was bringing the certificate of canvass (COC) of election results of his province to Manila. I asked him what was so important with the election results that he had to go to Manila, instead of just sending a lower echelon employee of his office. He replied that the COC would decide the result of the vice-presidential election. I countered that Roxas was already proclaimed by media that he was elected Vice-President based on the official count in Congress, the body entrusted with the canvassing of the results. He just smiled and said: “Pañero, that’s media but I have the documents that will prove that Fernando Lopez is the duly elected Vice-President.”
The rest is history. Lopez became Vice-President.
From Marcos to Noynoy
President Marcos was proclaimed elected President by the Parliament despite my spirited lonely fight for the country and the people, well-remembered for the famous historical word – ”Asterisk!” The people of Metro Manila, with the orchestration of the oligarchs who were outsiders during the Marcos regime, the formidable help of the Opposition in Parliament, and Enrile and Ramos who were fighting for their lives, the proclamation was undone by EDSA I. It was not a revolution it was just a game of musical chairs.
Fidel Ramos followed Cory. But the knowledgeable insist that Miriam Defensor Santiago was cheated of the presidency. President ERAP won the election by a landslide but he was unseated by General Angie Reyes, the patriot of a friend, resulting in EDSA 2.
The validity and constitutionality of the 2010 election is disputed in the Supreme Court. Five years have passed but the case remains undecided. Many believe that the case will become moot and academic considering that the 2016 election is just around the corner, just like the petition questioning the validity of the Corona impeachment which became moot and academic.
The biggest scam in this country is election
Nobody in this country can creditably run for any elective office unless one has money to finance his campaign – to buy votes and criminally manipulate election results. So it is a money game! It is a criminal exercise!
But do the candidates and the voters care? They don’t. The rest of the population also doesn’t! Is this not insane? I use the word insane not stupid because insanity is curable, stupidity is not. So, I’m giving the voters, the candidates and the people the benefit of the doubt.
Every election, candidates give grandmother-hood statements to the delight of the majority of the insane. The insane candidates promise heaven and earth. They become self-proclaimed saints and astronauts. You know that we are just being fooled. We allow ourselves to be fooled over and over again.
An Arab once told me: “Fool me once, shame on you,
Fool me twice, shame on me.” How many times have we been fooled by candidates? Not once, not twice, but we have been fooled since 1949 up to this day? We should be ashamed of ourselves. More so, because the biggest fool is one who fools himself. And the biggest fools in this country are the voters and those who think that elections solve our problems. They have not solved them since 1949. They will not be solved even if we have clean elections in 2016.
The problems will remain because the system is insane!
A glance at the presidential candidates
Mayor Rodrigo Duterte confesses to killing criminals. He should not be running for President, he should be in jail for being a self-confessed murderer. But he is running for president and the people are wild in anticipation of his presidency, jumping with glee. Thanks to the incompetence of Asperger Malacañang and an equally incompetent Department of Justice, Duterte is running for president. Is this not insane?
Vice-President Jojo Binay is swimming in a lake of
charges involving graft and corruption, including members of his family. He reminds me of the Arabian Nights story of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. The strategic members of the band led by Vice-Mayor Mercado confesses to massive graft and corruption orchestrated by the leader of the band pointing to Jojo Binay. Don’t tell me Binay is a saint. Only a fool will believe that and I’m no fool. But somebody tells me that Binay is the Robin Hood of Makati because he shares whatever he has with the people. A friend of mine countered: “He may be Robin Hood but he is more Hood than Robin.” Considering all these, in my dictionary, Binay should not be running for president he should be in jail. But he is running for president. Is this not insane?
Secretary Mar Roxas is known as the biggest wimp in this country. Many believe that he does not have a mind of his own. He has the genius of being as docile as a sheep showing complete docility to Noynoy, his mother Judy Araneta, and his wife Korina Sanchez. Assuming a complete impossibility that Mar will be elected president, he will have a quadruple presidency with Noynoy at the head of the pack with Mar at the tail. Poor Mar, in his statement in Tacloban after Yolanda, he even divided the country between the Aquinos and Romualdez-Marcos. What an oligarchic mind! But probably I am unkind when I say that it is impossible for Mar to become president. He will be elected if the PCOS machine will cheat for him or if all the leading candidates would die after twelve o’clock of Election Day since there will be no more substitution after that. Mar should not run for president, he should just withdraw and do something more fruitful because the scenarios of a Roxas presidency are just insane.
And now Grace Poe! Never mind her citizenship – all presidents in this country have all been beholden to America. Many are plain and simple stooges. Some are proclaiming their independence outside but really servants of America in the inside. The girl is not just prepared for the presidency. She is light years away from her adoptive father, Fernando Poe, Jr. (FPJ). Grace is just a bud, FPJ was in full bloom. I should know. I was hired by him as his lawyer in the canvassing of the results in Congress but four of his senators and one city mayor objected to me and the rest is history. Grace, you need a bunch of brilliant advisers to give you a seminar on how to be president. I read in the papers and I saw in television that you will change the Philippines, with the help of the people. You must be joking because not you, a very traditional politician, together with the people can change this country because you just don’t have the intellectual equipment and the vision to change this country. Not in a thousand years. Because of these, you cannot beat the system!
Senator Santiago? She is too sick and so down in the totem pole that she need not be discussed. The rest of the presidential candidates of more than a hundred make the electoral exercise more insane.
There is a rumor going around that Binay who is a reserved colonel in the Marines is planning a coup with some people in the Marines and the PNP. How true, I don’t know. Your guess is as good as mine. Maybe the ISAFP or the NISA or both should inform the people whether there is any grain of truth to this rumor.
Duterte who is careful now about curses and prohibited expletives committed a slip during the ambush interview at the Comelec saying that he does not have to run for president because the presidency is a matter of destiny. Independent of anything else this statement means nothing but with the rumor that he rejected an offer of some officers of the AFP and PNP that they will pull a coup and turn over the presidency to him, the slip takes an entirely different meaning. Is this true or false? NISA and ISAFP should provide answers. Whatever is their answer, it is perfectly logical to say that there is a pervading insanity in this country.
It takes a shock treatment given by the right leader to cure it.