Diminishing options

4 November 2013

“All misgovernment is contrary to self-interest in the long run.”

— Barbara Tuchman’s “The March of Folly”

On Thursday, November 7, Ms. Janet “Jenny” Lim Napoles of the P10-billion PDAF scam fame will take the stand before the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee.

Her appearance, which is awaited with anxiety as well as hopeful expectations, will either turn out to be a monumental let-down and a dud, or spectacular fireworks, or a suicidal counter offensive to justify and rationalize her actuations and exonerate herself at the expense of those who have benefited from her generosity and largesse from the misuse of the PDAF.

At this point, Janet Napoles has already been overshadowed, marginalized, overwhelmed by events and the repercussions, fall-out, and collateral damage that this scandal has inflicted on Philippine politics and politicians.

In a manner of speaking, Janet Napoles has become irrelevant and inconsequential to the political and future consequences of this scandal on Philippine society.

The relevant questions are: (1) will values and honesty improve for the better?; (2) will political greed diminish?; (3) will democracy survive?; (4) is another people power or military coup attempt imminent?; and (5) will President Benigno Aquino and Senate President Franklin Drilon be impeached?

When all is said and done, whether Janet Napoles opts to remain silent and admit nothing, or blurts out all she knows, including how much she has contributed to the campaign kitty of President Aquino and to the Liberal Party, the political fallout and damage to the reputation, honesty, and sincerity of President Benigno Aquino cannot be reversed. His options are diminishing.

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HERE AND THERE

All these rumors of pending Cabinet changes or reshuffles, which are promptly denied by Palace spokespersons, are not doing President Noynoy Aquino’s credibility and leadership any good… Rumors that are deliberately leaked for various reasons invariably reflect the subliminal, confidential, thinking aloud, and personal opinions of the President towards things, persons, or officials… As author William James would put it, “There is no more miserable human being than one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision”…. Thus, rumors regarding Defense Sec. Voltaire Gazmin, Finance Sec. Cesar Purisima, DOTC Sec Jun Abaya, Customs Commissioner Raffy Biazon, BIR Commissioner Kim Henares, DFA Sec. Albert del Rosario, and Agriculture Sec. Proceso Alcala all have substance. President Aquino must be agonizing on what to do with them…. However, since they serve at the pleasure of the President, meaning they will not resign, who will pull the trigger?... That’s why the Office of the President leaks like a sieve since the President is averse to directly kicking ass, as they cliché goes…. On the lighter side, the annual Philippine Fashion Week at the Mall of Asia SMX was highly successful with more Filipino designers participating…. By the way, a dinner show sponsored by the St. Scholastica Alumnae Foundation (SSAFI) featuring Mitch Valdez and Jon Santos at the Makati Sports Club on Thursday, November 14, 2013, is intended to benefit children from disadvantaged families, and daughters of alumnae who were forced to stop schooling due to financial hardship, as well as sports and scholarship programs…. A good cause… Abangan…

You be the judge

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