They were then formal and official, impressive and delightful public pronouncements. There was a time when ordinary people took them seriously and gratefully. But not long after, they became funny and quite amusing quotes. So far, they remain unmeant and undone these days. At first, they were inspiring and edifying to listen to. But slowly and surely, they were eventually understood as but elocutions and rhetoric. So is it that in the recent past and presumably in the few more years to come, they are and will remain but big jokes to quote and laugh about. Below are three of the more known and quoted ones.
1. “Kayo ang boss ko.”
Really? Then why is it that the multimillion “boss” are suffering from hunger and want nationwide while the supposedly self-proclaimed servant lives in a Palace surrounded by special seen and unseen security groups, with sky is the limit luxuries and pursuant expenses? Why is it that the millions and millions of poor “boss” are taxed from the little water they drink to the little food they eat, burials included, while the self-assigned servants spend the taxes collected like it’s nobody’s business.
2. “Matuwid na daan.”
What! Who on earth built the “road”? Where is it? How does one go to it and thereby pass through it? And where is the supposedly straight “road” leading to? It might be good to remember that while there is a straight road to heaven, there is also a straight road to hell. It is so sad when the supposedly builder of the straight “road” himself in fact passes somewhere else with his close allies and friends. This is either plain forgetfulness if not a downright sad mental block.
3. “Kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap.”
Corny. Contrary to paid-for surveys, doctored bank findings and deluding regional and/or world bank pronouncements, the truth of the matter is that the formerly so-called economic “Middle Class” in the Philippines has practically disappeared while the “Upper Class” has become less in number. It is the so-called “Lower Class” – translation: poor and miserable people – that has increased in number and misery. The conclusion then becomes obvious: “Kung maraming corrupt, maraming mahihirap.”
But then, it is good to take note that jokes are a big relief when life becomes hard and living becomes challenging. Conclusion: Would that there be more jokes from the expert joker.