A rising tide of anger

Being critical of the President’s decisions and leadership style doesn’t translate to being “anti-PNoy”. But the President must realize that this rising tide of anger is not being orchestrated or instigated by political forces. it is a legitimate expression of the people’s grievances. If he fails to comprehend that, this sentiment could shift and become a strong “anti-PNoy” movement.

Plunder and unexplained wealth complaint versus Senate President Franklin M. Drilon

Plunder and unexplained wealth complaint versus Senate President Franklin M. Drilon

 

Is PNoy listening to the people?

There’s no mistaking the fact that public outrage over the pork barrel scam has breached the roof. If it can be compared to a scream in the movie, “Monster University”, its volume would have overshot the meter and damaged it. The frustration, the disgust and the anger were simply too much that Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle was overcome with emotion and cried. Everybody is enraged, and rightly so.

What was exposed is the P10 billion pork barrel that was disbursed through fake NGOs identified with Janet Lim-Napoles. A number of senators and congressmen have been linked to the scam, with money intended for development projects allegedly going to corruption with NGOs put up by Napoles as conduits. The cruelty of this act is palpable to everybody. In a nation where about three-fourths of the people live in abject poverty, a handful of people have schemed to siphon money that should have gone to their welfare.

But the President of the Republic, Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” C. Aquino III is unperturbed. Until now, he doesn’t seem affected by the public outrage. Noynoy is “deadma” as the conflagration of collective anger and frustration rages outside of Malacanang. This leads one to wonder: Is PNoy listening to the people?

The quicksand of corruption

PNoy is only fully aware that the pork barrel is a vital component of his carrot-and-stick strategy to controlling the Congress. He understands that corruption is a necessary evil to serve as magnet to congressmen and senators to toe his line. Without the pork barrel, PNoy knows that he will be helpless, because in the first place, he doesn’t possess the leadership to steer the ship on the basis of principle and the common good. The corruption of the pork barrel is like a quicksand from which the PNoy administration can find no escape, and the entire nation will be swallowed with him.