It seems that Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, despite being the unofficial president-elect of the moment still can’t shed the old Aquino-franchised “Laban” (“fight!”) rhetoric ingrained in his little mind despite him now being all set to taking his place in The Establishment. In one of her final acts as President of the Philippines, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo appointed Supreme Court Associate Justice Renato Corona as Chief Justice which Noynoy pompously asserts he will “not recognise”. This most likely has something to do with Noynoy’s being scheduled to take his oath as President on the 30th of June — a ceremony where, as mandated by his mommy’s Constitution, the inductee stands before the Chief Justice in a symbolic deferrence to the top officer of the country’s Hall of Justice.
Interesting that among the first things a President-elect sets out to do is to spin a massive drama about such a trivial thing. Looks like we will be seeing more of this bratty politicians’-son-behaviour over the next six years of his term. According to a “report” from the Inquirer.net:
Aquino said he was planning to snub Ms Arroyo’s choice of Chief Justice.
“Yes, I am researching it now,” he said in response to the question of whether he was considering being sworn into office by another justice of the high court.
Perhaps Noynoy fancies himself as being too good to stand before anyone. Indeed, one thing Noynoy is good at is in being consistent with ingrained Aquinoist 1980’s thinking. Back in March, Noynoy had already made blatant threats against the highest court in the Republic that he will be a recalcitrant Chief Executive…
Noynoy Aquino had made public his plans to not recognise the Chief Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court once he becomes President. Details around this plan can be gleaned from the exposé Noynoy Aquino: defying the Supreme Court! published on AntiPinoy.com to explore the sort of thinking that leads one to deciding on such bizarre courses of action. One can play the same game too, actually, and propose that perhaps that undermining of the Supreme Court by the Yellow Army is itself a ploy to ensure that the High Court is sufficiently defanged come the time when a bit more scrutiny around the Hacienda Luisita affair earns a bit more airtime in the Media. Of course people with better things to do don’t entertain such vacuous theories in their minds.
You’d think people with bigger minds such as, say, Chief Executives would take more of a yeah, whatever atittude to trivial things such as whoever the hell will be swearing them into their offices. But then this is the Philippines where people with small minds vote people with even smaller minds into offices that wield immense influence over their future fortunes. As such, it is the small issues that dominate headlines in crony-controlled Media outlets and, as an expected outcome, fully engage the little minds of the chattering classes.
Harking back to the old turn-of-the-century but still relevant observation on the Philippine National “Debate”:
”What ails the country is that Philippine society is intellectually bankrupt.” Take, for instance, the national debates, [AN admired Filipino economist, based in New York] pointed out.
“They are droll and unintelligent, focused on the trivial or the irrelevant.” When the issues are of some significance, it’s the wrong arguments that prevail, the wrong side wins. Logic and common sense take the backseat to political arguments and the views of the poorly-educated. There seems to be some bases for her disenchantment.
Poor Filipino — paatras ang asenso.
Look who’s laughing
all the way to the bank…
In the Philippines progress goes forward in reverse.