Esteemed blogger BetterPhilippines (henceforth referred to as just “BP”) raises some good points in his latest blog to question the sincerity of Undersecretary Vicente “Enteng” Romano’s resignation letter, particularly his taking “full accountability” for the fiasco, when in fact (as BP quoted from the Inquirer.net):
“At the unveiling of the new Philippine tourism label earlier this week, [Tourism Secretary Alberto] Lim told the Inquirer that the tarsier and the smiling coconut tree were inputs provided by President Aquino when his team presented it to him.”
First point: As is evident in the above snippet, President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III himself had contributed two of the key elements of the failed design. That alone highlights the sad reality of a career in politics and government — that there always needs to be a fall-guy to shield the Top Chump from disgrace. And d’original, the venerable, e-mandirigma himself — Enteng Romano — in one of the biggest ironies to emerge in the last ten years of pathetic Pinoy history is today’s taya (“it”). After spending the last ten years as a self-described “cyber-revolutionary”, he falls on the first few months on the job — brought down by the very technology he so savvily harnessed over most of his “revolutionary” career. The poignancy of this turn of events is captured in what he says in his press statement:
Well, it’s because I’m in a hurry. Before I joined government, I was in the streets clamoring for change. And when I joined, I wanted to spend every waking hour effecting that change.
Too bad, Enteng, even the average eight-year-old knows the simple rhyme: Haste makes waste. And what a monumental waste indeed. If we are to believe Ellen Tordesillas’s “investigative journalism” we will find how almost 5 million pesos was blown on this most recent of gaffes:
Tourism Secretary Alberto Lim has been quoted by media as having said that nothing has yet been spent from the P200 million budget for the promotions of the “Pilipinas Kay Ganda” branch that they launched last Nov. 15. [...] It’s a lie. Almost P5 million has been allotted (presumably spent) for it.
What was that again? “Full accountability”? I think you need to be a bit more angry about all this, Mr Romano, because I think you are no more than a sad patsy in all this. Is it really worth sacrificing your hard-earned reputation to prop up the continued rule of these pathetic bozos? I mean, come on. Your ad agent (or “marketing consultants” as such conmen prefer to be called nowadays) is laughing all the way to the bank to the tune of five megabucks, and your former bosses are getting away with murder here; while you slink away and lick your wounds — perhaps for the rest of your life.
By the way I meant “get away with murder” literally as we shall see in the next point BP highlights in his blog…
Second point (and this is a big point to be made!): Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda described Romano’s resignation as the “honorable” thing to do — an attributed “virtue” that is brought to question in light of Point One above. But BP provides more revealing insight into the character of the Second Aquino Government where he writes:
[Lacierda] exaggerated not only his characterization of Romano’s act of resigning, but also his interpretation of the president’s state of mind [i.e., his stated "reluctance" to accept Romano's resignation] when he came to know of the resignation offer.
Aquino reluctant? If that was the case then why did he accept Romano’s resignation on the very same day it was offered? Couldn’t he have waited another day to think about it? Just consider how the president handled Interior Undersecretary Rico Puno’s courtesy resignation over the Quirino Grandstand Hostage Crisis. Now that one was a display of reluctance or rather a strong unwillingness to let go of someone.
Does this therefore mean that 5 million puny pesos wasted is a bigger outrage and more deserving of the resignation of a senior cabinet officer than the deaths of eight innocent foreign tourists?
Considering the surprisingly expeditious resolution of the logo fiasco in the form of Romano’s resignation being a stark contrast to the foot-dragging and finger-pointing that continues in the aftermath of the Quirino Grandstand Hostage bloodbath, I’d say that what we have here is a brilliant case-study of the Filipino Character as embodied by the Government Filipinos have chosen to lead them from 2010-2016.
When we begin to understand the sorts of minds that inhabit a society that tolerates such dysfunction, we begin to really understand what needs to be done at the most fundamental levels.
All together now:
Marahil nga na nakakabagot
Ang mga suliranin ng ‘sang Lipunang
Sa kabiguan lamang nauuwi
Mula munting pakitang-taong ambag
Hangga’t sa mula pusong alay na palag.
Makabuluhang resulta’y di inaasam
Sa mga kilusang kinakamkam
Bagama’t punto ng pag-alsa
Kahit pinuno’y di alam
Basta’t “sugod” ang kanyang damdam.
Ngunit saysay ng sigaw di malaan
Pagka’t kailan ma’y walang nakamit
Na pag-unawa sa pinagmulang prinsipyong
Makabuluhan kung mayroon man.
Sa mga susunod na kabanata
Ng kasaysayan ng bansa
Ang paglitis ng madla
Di magtutugma sa iba
Kundi sa malinaw na pangamba:
Pinoy nga naman talaga,
Parang aso umasta
Matangkad lang kapag naka-upo
Sa tawag ng amo lang tatayo.
[Dedicated to the Filipino "Revolutionary"
by benign0, Lyricist Extraordinaire]