The proverbial saying that the "Cat is out of the bag" exceptionally applies to the expected though still scandalous brazen political move that recently gripped the House of Representatives and that jarred many people from their moral lethargy and social complacency in the political life of the country. There are three major shameful lessons that can be readily drawn from the lately concluded congressional spectacle of fixation at self-interest and addiction to power, which occasioned the shakedown of the long targeted Office of the Speaker of the House.
First is that there is no such thing as genuine elementary gratitude, not even basic honor and propriety when bare and naked politics come to play. Anything really worthwhile and everything truly upright are all thrown out to the gutters in favor of pure and simple political expediency, plain and clear personal desire and designs. Partisan politics at its worst—this was publicly shown and openly exhibited at the floor of the Lower House of Congress. The long exhibition proved to be much demonstrative of self-love and pursuant selfish interests among its members—except for a marked few who proved consistently true to what they stand and fight for. These are the ones who merit the address "Honorable".
Second is that politics in this country is exceptionally synonymous to dealing and conniving, to plotting and designing, to buying and selling even—among other questionable actuations which are all alien to honor and integrity, principled thinking and acting. This lamentable reality was amply demonstrated by the words, actions and demeanor all heard, seen and witnessed by the general public in the long and telling congressional session purely aimed at unseating a Speaker of the House and thereby basically enthroning the Malacañang occupant.
Third is the compound truth that is both disturbing and disgusting to common sense and elementary logic. There was the all too frequent mention of the word "change". There was change all right—for the worst in terms of the practical union of Malacañang Palace and the House of Representatives. There was the likewise frequent allegations of "gratitude”—only for its immediate exchange for convenience and advantage. And there was finally the both funny and pitiful "Can I explain my vote?" preambles made by certain Members of Congress, the inane contents of which made some people wonder how come they were elected into office at all.
The cat is certainly out of the bag. Malacañang now has practically full control of the House of Representatives. Malacañang can readily and easily have favorite and self-favoring legislation passed. Malacañang clearly has plans of perpetuating itself into office by all possible means, at all possible costs.
Conclusion: Public office is definitely not a public trust but a private gain. It is clearly a Lenten Season for the Filipinos!
6 February 2008