Within the last couple of weeks, President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III had exhibited an astounding capacity for giving the softly-softly treatment to people accountable for rebellion and needless loss of life. One is his dithering on how to interpret and act upon the findings of the Incident Investigation and Review Committee (IIRC) set up to sort out the facts surrounding the Mendoza hostage massacre. That eight innocent foreign tourists needlessly died in this incident seems to have been relegated to a mere footnote in the political scuffle.
The other is the amnesty being granted to Antonio Trillanes and his supporters despite a clear recognition of the gravity of the offenses they had committed — rebellion, the deliberate endangerment of civilian life, and damage to private property. The only rationale Malacanang could provide to justify this granting of amnesty to Trillanes and his mob (based on how this is articulated in Proclamation 50) is that:
(1) “there is a clamor from certain sectors of society urging the President to extend amnesty to said AFP personnel”;
(2) The Constitution says the President can; and,
(3) It is in line with Noynoys aspiring “to promote an atmosphere conducive to the attainment of a just, comprehensive and enduring peace”.
A “clamor”, a Constitional provision, and an airy-fairy aspiration to some nebulous goal constitute the only things Malacanang can cough up to justify setting loose a group of loose-cannon ex-soldiers.
Even under the leadership of a President who made a standing for principles as the cornerstone of his campaign, in practice, said principles ultimately take a back seat to Old Reliable Pinoy-style Petty Politics. Recall the politics surrounding Trillanes’s release back when Noynoy and First Sister Kris Aquino were backing Kiko Pangilinan’s bid for the Senate presidency…
First it was Kris Aquino trying to pay off (in political kind) senators to back Kiko Pangilinan’s bid for the Senate presidency, now his brother President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III is trying to spring another Kiko supporter — alleged rebel and “Senator” Antonio Trillanes from the slammer.
The only thing at work here is politics, folks. Principles? Innocent lives deliberately endangered and an undermining of the stability of the state? All of those simply fly over the heads of the intellectual midget that is the Filipino mind.