To have a president I can be proud, I can trust and believe in, I can be sincerely grateful to and remember with fond and inspiring memories. It is not easy to be burdened with a disdained and disrespected, ridiculed and rejected Chief Executive. This is the case not only when talking with fellow Filipinos but especially so when speaking to foreigners about the pitiful plight of the Filipinos and disturbing condition of the Philippines—its difficult present and uncertain future.
How I envy foreigners when their eyes glow while describing the attributes of their own national leaders, when appreciating the rule of justice and the reign of peace in their countries—plus the blessings of socio-economic development. When I ask them how they find my country, with great prudence and much restrain, the usual answer they give is, “it is very interesting”. While they would not say more, I infallibly get the feeling that they are exerting much effort to be polite and kind guests.
To have a government I can boast of on account of the integrity and honesty of the local and public officials. With sincerity they campaigned and with dignity they won the elections. They look at public office as a public trust, considering themselves as but public—not master of the people. Their word is their honor. Their promises are as good as delivered and when they fail to act accordingly, on their own they resign humbled and contrite.
Then together with many people I would be free from greeting “trapos” respectfully, after which so many bad jokes are said at the back, so many sick commentaries are made when they are gone. Truth to say, a good number of people act with unwanted hypocrisy when facing and talking with so-called “professional politicians.” Well they know such political characters are a bunch of questionable characters and yet, they are constrained to relate with them with false deference and respect. The biggest victims of these professional politicos are the young people who behold very poor examples of love for country and sick figures of public service. Poor young generation of Filipinos.
To have a country that is jueteng free, that is liberated from the PAGCOR octopus embrace—with drug lords and criminal syndicates safely put behind bars. Be it legal or illegal, gambling exploits the rich and the poor, destroy their value system, push them to dishonesty only to have more gambling money—and at times even devastate their families. Meantime, the gambling operators go to the back laughing their hearts out.
How great would it be when Filipinos earn their living by the sweat of their toil, by the employ of their talents and ingenuity. It is not really bad to be poor on account of honesty. What is wrong is to be rich and famous for graft and corruption, for precisely robbing the poor and taking advantage of the helpless.
I can wish, can’t I?
27 July 2007