Esteemed columnist of the Inquirer.net Conrado de Quiros unwittingly undermines official Aquinoist spin in an amusing attempt to make something of former President Gloria Arroyo’s tardiness…
FOR THE orientation seminar last Thursday for “newbies” in Congress, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo came in late. After signing the attendance sheet at the Batasan entrance, she wound her way to the orientation room and stepped inside.
Frankly, I don’t know why Gonzales did not reprimand her for being three hours late and give her to understand that not being able to use a wangwang or escorted by cops in motorcycles and black SUVs with impenetrable windows was not an excuse to be late.
… and her being subject to procedures that otherwise have to be “endured” by most other Representatives in Congress…
[...] and now to endure the mortification of signing the Batasan logs and attending orientation seminars just to be within reach of the arc of light of power. [...] Truly, dignity is of no concern to those who are hooked on shabu, or power. There are no limits to how far they will stoop to get their fix.
It is in the latter where the bigger point I plan to make lies and I begin with a few questions I might throw to the venerable columnist:
So let me get this straight, gramps, are you insinuating that following procedures is something an ex-President should be above? What is wrong with being subject to procedure?
Our man de Quiros goes as far as citing another procedure that most people — not just Filipinos — are subject to in many airports around the world…
I personally am curious to see how they will treat Arroyo when she goes abroad. Will they make her take off her shoes too in foreign airports? Will they ask her to step aside too after falling victim to profiling?
…and finishes with this:
Look how the mighty have fallen.
It becomes clearer to me by the day.
An infestation by Conrado de Quiros’s sort of thinking is the reason why Filipinos are fatally infected by a culture of crime.
Tsk tsk, gramps. You better check with your boss’s spin doctors before you make such public ululations lest you contradict the official taglines of the very Aquinoist ideology you are beholden to like a religious nut. Noynoy Aquino is taking great pains to make sure he is seen to be one of the common Pinoy, to the extent that he has opted (in a burst of populist emotional diarrhea) to subject himself to the monstrous traffic jams of Metro Manila to the consternation of his own security personnel.
And here you are making assertions of how being subject to proper procedure — the stuff that ordinary people “endure” — can be considered to be some kind of “fall”.
We constantly lament how, in our society, the rich and powerful see themselves as being above the Law. Conrado de Quiros induces an epiphany in demonstrating that it is because Filipinos see being subject to the law as a fall from grace, an indignity, and a pathetic outcome.
Nice work, gramps. With every article you publish on the Inquirer.net, you cast greater illumination upon the dark underbelly of the Filipino psyche.