There are lies that come and go. They are told now and forgotten soon after. White lies, fat lies, funny lies are common accompaniment of some people. But all lies by and large come to pass. Put to rest and that’s it. The liars and those lied to simply move on as if no lies were said at all.
There are lies that the liars badly want come to pass and be laid to oblivion. Yet for one reason or another, there are instances when people by and large do not allow this or that lie to die. These people are both disturbing and irritating to the liar. They are the people who feel they simply cannot move on until the lie is proven. The liar is exposed.
There are still people who are adamantly against giving a public office, which is a public trust, to someone they perceive as a liar. Their reason is plain and logical: a liar holding a public trust is a blatant contradiction when this happen--and it can— the consequence is disastrous.
A public official perceived as a liar is disdained, disrespected and dishonored. What the official says is taken with much reservation. What the official does is met with big suspicion. The composite result is predictable: the official finds it difficult to govern, actually damages those governed, and eventually renders governance a big futility.
This is precisely the painful and pitiful societal phenomenon obtaining in the country today: the perceived lie is the result of the 2004 National Elections. The perceived liar is the proclaimed winner thereof. The actual and real loser is the majority of the people in the country.
That is why while the national economy is repeatedly proclaimed improving, national poverty is in fact increasing. That is why inspite of so many job fairs, a good number of people are either jobless or simply leave the country to earn a living. That is why inspite of its enormous power and influence, the national leadership feels insecure, evasive—and now in effect placed in the offensive mode with no less than an earmarked billion pesos to do it.
From bad to worse—this is the destiny of this country. And this worsening national situation is predicted to go on until the lie perceived by many people is resolved, until the liar perceived by the same people is exposed. To move on under such perceptions is a moral impossibility.
27 June 2006