Monday, May 07, 2012

Here We Go Again!


Political campaigns have already started loud and clear – no matter what the law provides, irrespective of the time and place of the campaigns are staged. The unsaid truth is that it is MalacaƱang that is the very first to engage in new partisan political alignments – silently and surreptitiously. Everybody else is but following the preemptive move it made in the eagerly awaited forthcoming combat in the political arena. The personal and/or professional attributions of the aspirants for political offices are irrelevant. Who you are, what you have and what can you do – these are what really count!

In other words, what really matter are how much money and power do the candidates have and wield respectively, what political dynasties are behind them, and what influence do they exercise – with or without the use of guns and goons. The ultimate intent is to win the elections – be these computerized or manual, be the list of voters authentic or a big joke. Lying during the political campaigns is a necessary practice; in the same way that cheating in the elections is done as a matter of course. To win the elections irrespective of the ways and means of doing it – this is standard practice.

Thus it is that Philippine politics – the way it has been done long since and still being practiced these days is “…possibly the biggest bane in our life as a nation and the most pernicious obstacle to our achieving full human development.” This is clearly an indictment of politics in the Philippines. And such a lamentable understanding is neither understanding is neither but the perception of one dumb individual nor the awareness of a bunch of ignoramuses, good for nothing and do-nothing bunch of people. It is the official pronouncement of a group of organized individuals who are stationed all over the land, who have their feet on the ground and who are in direct contact with a big number of Filipinos in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Such an admittedly negative regard of Philippine Politics was formally brought to fore in 1977. That is no less than more than three decades ago when the Catholic Bishops’ Conference released its “Pastoral Statement on Philippine Politics.” Today, it bears asking if anything substantial has changed in the way politics is done in the Country. If millions of Filipinos wallow in poverty and live in misery, is this phenomenon due to the observance of exemplary politics in the Country, on account of the work of upright Filipino politicians? More.

Is it true or false that the interests of the powerful and few rich are pitied against those of the weak and the poor through political peddling and influence? Is it true or false that a costly elaborate political propaganda machine infallibly accompanies all wealthy and influential candidates for public offices? Is it true or false that the political debts are paid by those elected to public offices through appointments of their supporters to juicy government positions? True or false?