Wednesday, March 04, 2015

PRESIDENTIAL PLATITUDES

It can be readily said that the words “platitudes” and “presidential” do not a pairing make whereas they are rather opposite in objective reality, quite contradictory in spirit. “Presidential” says something supreme in standing, unique in perspective, singular in competence. On the other hand, “Platitudes” stand for inanity, banality, triviality. But all these notwithstanding, to this date, there are some three quite distinct Presidential Platitudes that the still incumbent highest public official in the Country is precisely rather well-known for and even identified with – not without ridicule and sarcasm.

When each of such supposedly noble invocations was then proudly and loudly invoked, people clapped their hands, showing their admiration and appreciation. But not really long thereafter, not simply unexpected but also shameful and disgusting events took place. And all such happenings were by and large met by the supposedly very distinguished figure not only with the same enigmatic look and smile but also with the same ever yellow pin. It will be good to mention the said platitudes – declamatory pronouncements, oratorical invocations – all of which have become big jokes in these times when their author is now well-known inside out.

Kayo ang boss ko.”

Really? Someone must have been joking when he had the guts to shout this dramatic pronouncement. It is according to law whereas sovereignty resides in the people. But the one who coined this memorable quote in due time proved that either he did not know what he was saying or simply kept living his aristocratic lineage that in fact made himself his own boss. His thinking and acting process appears to be shackled by “I”, “Me” and “Mine”.

Daang Matuwid”

Where? Not really long after this impressive quote was made, the one who said it nonchalantly made the distinction between imagination and reality, between hallucination and truth. This needs no proof. While holding the highest Office in the land and thus having the highest executive authority in the Country, his governance is known for its big graft and corrupt practices. So is it that the otherwise edifying quote has become in fact a big fat joke.

Kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap.”

Ha? People living under the bridges, by the canals. Families sleeping at the sidewalks, children begging in the streets. Digging for food in garbage cans, gathering garbage for a living. Women selling themselves, girls being sold. Men leaving their families, women leaving their children to find work abroad. Ever rising prices of consumer commodities, the use of public utilities well-included. Direct and indirect taxes from birth to death. Multi-billion CCT the glaring proof of misery. No corruption?

Be real, boss!