Our culture of impunity. It’s the Filipino’s renowned hospitability and smiling demeanor turned devastatingly cancerous, perhaps terminally. Storms that resulted in “minimal casualties” (by the standards of the typical Third World society’s regard for human life) for now occupy the short attention spans of a vacuous people and sweep under the rug the astounding display of political agendas evident in the granting of “amnesty” to “Senator” Antonio Trillianes and his band of bandits under a rationale that insults the Filipino’s already meager intelligence.
What is it about us that is on display for the world to see in this latest showcase of our renowned spinelessness as a people? What comes to my mind are a few things — past displays of “indignation” over the “injustices” of the powerful, campaigns run to exploit the ingrained victim mentalities of a people who latch on to said injustices as excuses for their chronic impoverishment, politically lucrative demonising of past administrations to lower the bar against which the absolute mediocrity of the incumbent may be measured. Ironies that simply escape the collective mind of a people renowned for a routine failure to grasp irony.
So here we are, staring the root of Impunity in the face and cheering it on in the name of “reconciliation”. Classy, indeed. Amando Doronila for his part observed how (italics added by author for emphasis)…
Trillanes appears unrepentant he had taken up arms against the government — an offense that in other political systems would have led to instant execution by a firing squad.
This attitude does not herald a smooth adjustment of Trillanes’ mindset to civilian ways of doing things in a democratic and consensual milieu once he is granted amnesty with concurrence of Congress, allowing him to take his seat in the Senate.
This is an attitude thrust in front of a people who are famously characterised by a quickness to lynch those who they perceive to have delivered even the slightest offense to their “pride”. If Crocodile Dundee was watching us now, he’d quip: that’s not a lynching, THIS is a lynching…
Perhaps it’s worth checking out the smug faces of the above characters at the height of their glory (match the faces of death above to their portraits of power here).
Do we have the balls to take up President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III on his promise to get tough on those who undermine the stability of the state and our reputation as a country where merchants can conduct their trade in peace? Whether or not we are to be taken seriously by a world that regards us no longer with looks of admiration but more now with a patronising eye as we continue to assert our entitlement to more concessions and “aid” from the rich of this planet depends on how we plan to answer that question.