One of the problems besetting the
is that it’s difficult to impossible to find a good leader on either side of the political fence. Philippines
On one side you have the present administration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Try as she might, she cannot shake off the various charges against her leadership, ranging from her alleged cheating in the 2004 elections, which has already led to one impeachment attempt to the current all-out war against the New People’s Army, which has also been waged against those militants who are taking the legitimate route to change. This shadow war has claimed the lives of more than 200 activists and militants, and the government appears to give a tacit approval of this, by cooling its heels on solving these cases, and passing these casualties off as "collateral damage".
I cannot help but draw the similarities between GMA’s administration, and George Orwell’s novel, Animal Farm. GMA is almost as arrogant as the pig Napoleon, moving against her political enemies with all the subtlety of a bull in a china shop. And she is not adverse to using whatever means to add legitimacy to her regime, even milking her current visit to Pope Benedict XVI for everything it’s worth. Like Bishop Oscar Cruz, I agree that Pope Benedict’s statement of “Well done,” should only be limited to her abolition of the death penalty, and not be construed as a blanket approval of her governance of the
, considering the current state of the nation. Even that abolition of the death penalty is tainted with expediency, as the timing of its abolition coincided with GMA's trip to Rome. Philippines
GMA’s arrogance makes new enemies with each passing day, with a growing number of people wanting to see her fall.
Unfortunately, the alternatives aren’t very appealing, either. As I said in a previous post, the political opposition is scattered with those whose moral fiber is questionable at best. There are Marcos loyalists, Erap loyalists, as well as leftists such as Satur Ocampo and
. But, the very reason why GMA got installed was a direct result of repudiating the Erap regime. I don’t think many of us really want to go back to that era of corruption. Teddy Casino
Worse, the opposition is badly fractured, with little or no clear direction as to what to do. The flurry of impeachment complaints is indicative of this. What should've been done was to integrate all of the charges into one focused complaint. The current tactic of flooding the House with complaints only dilutes the charges, making it easier for the President's allies to kill the complaint.
Furthermore, it's unclear why the opposition chose to follow this path of impeachment, considering that it lacks the numbers in the House to push it through to the Senate. The opposition's time can be better spent repackaging themselves for the 2007 elections, so that they might be able to gain more numbers in the political arena.
This, however, doesn't mean that such a scenario will be good for the country, because the political opposition lacks the moral ascendancy to help the Philippines, being more concerned with their own petty desires.
The problem remains, that, as of now, we are bereft of competent and morally upright leaders, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. There are a lot of competent and morally upright Filipinos, but they see the political arena for the cesspool that it is, and stay very far away from it.
And, as long as that’s the case, the political maturity of the Filipino will remain in infancy.