It makes no distinction how usually one is elected or how lengthy one sits every time period, not in a society like ours, the place public workplace, to a monopolistic diploma, is a dynastic protect
In Philippine politics, cronyism grew to become established as a observe within the Martial-Legislation regime of Ferdinand Marcos, 1972-1986. In truth, while you say “cronyism,” the affiliation immediately impressed is with Marcos. And, not surprisingly, his son, a young person who grew as much as full maturity within the very home from which his father presided and devolved energy to a coterie of lieutenants, just isn’t solely defining his personal presidency by the identical observe however sourcing cronies from the households who colluded along with his father and, in not less than one case, enlisting the very same crony.
Proper upon taking workplace, Ferdinand Jr. started surrounding himself with an interior circle of such characters. Remulla, Ople, Estrella, Lagdameo-Floirendo – these are solely among the crony names. However one identify rings a very haunting bell, and the person nonetheless solutions to it, himself: Juan Ponce Enrile, Ferdinand Sr.’s chief martial-law enforcer.
Coming throughout, for his wily methods, as a person for all seasons of the odd type, it was Enrile who faked his personal ambush to present Ferdinand Sr. his pretext for Martial Legislation, then plotted in opposition to him, and, on being came upon, switched sides, however solely to return ultimately, absolutely rehabilitated, to the Marcos fold. He’s now, at 97, authorized adviser to Ferdinand Jr.
Probably the one different extant, first-ranked, however ever trustworthy lieutenant to Ferdinand Sr. is Estelito Mendoza, his solicitor common. He, too, can be possible enlisted on this second coming, if not for any helpful capability he may nonetheless possess – he’s 92 himself, in spite of everything – not less than for previous time’s sake. In truth, he helped defend his previous boss’s son in opposition to fits questioning his eligibility as a presidential candidate. But when his post-facto feedback are any indication of the measure of his residual capability, it doesn’t look a lot.
The fits had been based on a regulation that disqualifies convicts from elective workplace – Ferdinand Jr. is a convict himself, as a tax dodger. The Supreme Court docket took up his case not after he had filed his certificates of candidacy, not throughout his run, however after he had been proclaimed; and it dominated for him. Requested by the press for his response, Mendoza didn’t appear to do justice both to the courtroom or to himself. He predicated the ruling not on any authorized factors, however on a circumstance of destiny he himself discovered unbelievable.
“What clinched it,” he stated, was his shopper’s “unbelievable margin” within the election.
Coming sizzling on the heels of that judicial victory, which eradicated the final impediment to Ferdinand Jr.’s presidential set up, Mendoza’s phrases would appear solely to mirror a renewed sense of energy and impunity. However regardless of their utter lack of such authorized erudition as may need been anticipated provided by a person of his status – or is it as a result of he felt so safe he might afford to be senseless? – these phrases do are likely to go round properly.
Amongst sure lawmakers, the response is exceptional for the sense of opportunism it exudes. They’re proposing slicing the President’s time period from six to 5 years however permitting reelection and lengthening the phrases for different elective officers. There’s your match to Mendoza’s smug mindlessness.
A lot is product of the purpose that sitting officers will not be coated by the proposed change. It’s a joke. It makes no distinction how usually one is elected or how lengthy one sits every time period, not in a society like ours, the place public workplace, to a monopolistic diploma, is a dynastic protect. Right here, dynasties dominate elections, subsequently dominate political and financial life, subsequently are in a position to perpetuate themselves in wealth and energy. In the meantime, with out patrons to make them cronies, the poor are perpetuated in privation.
If Ferdinand Jr. was properly taught in something, it was in exploiting the desperation of the poor for a fast repair to their depressing lives. And he promised them exactly that, doing so along with his personal amorphous catchword. The place his father preached “self-discipline” as the trail to prosperity (“Sa ikauunlad ng bayan, disiplina ang kailangan”), he preached “unity” (pagkakaisa). Not less than in the course of the marketing campaign, he did maintain the flock funded and fed – and fooled.
A extra scrupulous campaigner can be onerous put to promote to the determined the extra truthful situation – that in a society so lopsided as ours it can take generations, even with good governance and beneficiant personal philanthropy, to make sources and alternatives go round with any measure of equity. And to have the poor endure privation with ethical equanimity (or, meekness, if you wish to be actually, biblically right), in order that they could inherit the earth, constitutes absolute mockery within the face of plunder that goes unpunished, as within the exact case of the Marcoses.
All of the poor ask of the earth is a good dwelling and dwelling, and when it’s denied them the mockery is raised but to celestial ranges; redemption turns into attainable solely by ache and loss of life.
Now, you inform me what the poor’s likelihood is underneath this or another Marcos. – MR