2001 was a gloomy year for the Estrada presidency that ended, but was a euphoric year for the national leadership that started by force of law. But 2004 already become a nightmare for the still reigning national office holder on account of a certain revealing tape that brought about the still famous “I am sorry” media melodramatic presentation. And 2007 cannot but be a more ominous year for the still ruling Malacañang occupant by reason of the forthcoming verdict on the Erap Case. The expected defining sentence on the Case is precisely the foreseen beginning of the truly big GMA dilemma.
If the verdict were guilty as charged, how could a glorious someone rejoice when the Filipinos by and large consider the latter as in effect much more guilty of bigger and more public atrocities than the person accused? If the sentence were not guilty as accused, how would people react towards the same someone who triumphantly took over the government by perceived questionable means, not once in 2002 but the second time around by 2004? In other words, the already long existing distrust and disgust towards the present national leadership cannot but become more felt and expressed on the forthcoming resolution of the Erap Case—irrespective of whether the accused is found guilty or otherwise.
The greed for power and might, for wealth and influence, cannot but have the costly price tag of ignominy and infamy as a here and now legacy—not to mention its indelible record in history for the revulsion of generations yet to come. No vice comes cheaply. Avarice is its own penalty in the sense that the avaricious may already have everything and yet still feels as having nothing, may already in effect have overflowing resources but still senses emptiness. The greedy need not wait for the hereafter and beyond for his or her intense and lasting chastisement.
There is one truly certain and duly certified biggest ultimate loser in the Erap Case and GMA Dilemma: The People of the Philippines. Both fact and reason are one in the conclusion that already poor and miserable then, they are even much poorer and more miserable now. How true is the saying that when dogs fight, the grass under their feet die.
It is this exceptional case and explosive dilemma that make the administration paranoid against anybody and everybody who are neither its subservient allies nor faithful followers. That is why it is said that both the AFP and the PNP are in red alert.
10 September 2007