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President Benigno Aquino and Vice President Jejomar Binay witness the arrival at the Villamor Airbase in Fort Bonifacio of the slain seven Marines. MARIANNE BERMUDEZ/INQUIRER
Perhaps the whole country is busy dealing with Juaning and Kabayan. Or about the alleged ballot switching at the Batasang Pambansa. Or too occupied praying for Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (whether they pray for her safety and recovery or the opposite, I don’t know). Or still mourning after the loss of the Azkals for their 2014 world cup bid. Or celebrating Eat Bulaga’s 32nd anniversary. Or just doing some other stuff that we failed to notice this another gruesome event at the southern part of our country.
Our marines had an encounter with the Abu Sayaff last Thursday at the jungles of Sulu and five (5) of them were decapitated.
Beheading is not something new for these bandits. Most of us would still remember how they decapitate their kidnapped victims and how they dehumanize our troops by beheading the soldiers they kill in the battle.
Maybe the Abu Sayyaf is making their presence felt. For the past few months, we barely hear a thing about them (or maybe the news agencies are just too busy covering and showing us the other important issues? I don’t know.). This just shows that the violence in the south is far from over and the government has still a lot of work to do to attain the peace in the south.
I can still remember a Catholic priest who was assigned in Basilan who told us his first-hand experience with these bandits and their victims. He was the guest speaker on the (Lipa) Clergy’s monthly recollection when I was still in the seminary. He told us his story when he was assigned to bless the mutilated corpses of the 10 soldiers who were slain and beheaded in Basilan in an encounter in 2007. He could not believe how barbaric these bandits were by doing this hideous crime.
After hearing his story, I was moved and I felt that I was also in front those slain heroes. But he also left a challenge in me if I have the courage to be assigned in a far-flung place with all the perils and dangers accompanying the mission.
Courage. I admire these courageous heroes who sacrificed their lives by defending the country. It is just sad to hear these sad tales about our soldiers in the field amidst these controversies involving the high-ranking officials of the military.
To our heroes in the field, to the thousand nameless and ordinary soldiers who fought to defend our country, thank you for a job-well done. You may have gone but your contribution to the country is priceless and may it always be remembered by the generations to come.
I give you my snappy salute.
Mabuhay ang mga sundalong nagtataya ng kanilang buhay para sa bayan. Viva Filipinas! Padayon!
"The President and His Sidekick"
"I am no Superman. I need Mar."
President Aquino said he needs running mate, his ex-girlfriend Korina’s husband, and Ex-Senator Mar Roxas to decide on tough issues.
I’ve seen this one coming. I’ve seen Mar Roxas and the rest of the Loser Gang from the Liberal Party be given a government position once the appointment ban for candidates of the recent election is lifted.
I have nothing against the Liberal Party. In fact, I voted for some of the Senatorial Candidates from the (in)famous SLAMAT LORRRD last elections. Some of their candidates have the balls, brains, and good track record to run the government.
Going back, last week, President Aquino was reported saying that he is eyeing Senator Mar Roxas as the Chief Troubleshooter of his Administration. That statement by the President received numerous feedbacks - good, bad, and funny - from high-ranking officials down to the ordinary Filipino.
Early this morning, Mar Roxas was once again re-elected as President of the Liberal Party raising the speculations that he will be the Party’s standard bearer for the 2016 Presidential Elections (An ambition too far for 2011? Yeah. This is Philippine Politics.).
With this on the background, what do we expect to happen on the coming months? these are my thoughts:
- One of the criticisms thrown at President Aquino is that Mar Roxas may appear to overshadow the position of the President. In the eyes of an ordinary Juan, it may appear to be a “one man power” solely given to Mar Roxas by the President.
- Factions within the Aquino Administration will once again be the talk of the sawsaweros and critics. Most of us are familiar of the Balay Group, who pushed for the Aquino-Roxas tandem, and the Samar Group, who pushed for the Aquino-Binay tandem last elections.With Mar Roxas back in power, will he crush the opposing faction that led toi his defeat last elections?
- Sixto Brillantes has just been appointed as the new Comelec Chairman. Some are saying that Mar will have a slim chance on the 2016 elections while Brillantes is still on the position. Brillantes was reportedly pushed by the opposing Samar Group while Mar Roxas and the rest of Balay Group reportedly push Romeo Macalintal as Comelec Chairman. Rambol na ‘to!
- What about the other Cabinet Secretaries? Are they incompetent to fine tune and troubleshoot whatever issues this administration is facing and has difficulty resolving to the point of hiring Mar Roxas to do the job?
- Vice President Jejomar Binay. What will happen to the dark horse of the elections? Will he play the usual role of a Vice President as spare tire to the President? Will he be overshadowed by Mar’s position in the government? Will Mar appear as higher than the Vice President? In the eyes of the ordinary Filipino, it is not impossible.
The President is no superman or any superhero. He needs a sidekick just as Batman needs Robin to defeat the criminals of Gotham City. He also needs the his Cabinet members and trusted officials.
But more importantly, just like a superhero, the President needs the support and the cooperation of the people to lead us to the promised daang matuwid.
Brace yourselves Philippines. Just like superhero movies, we expect more drama, action, and numerous twists on the story as months progress.
Viva Filipinas! Padayon!
Read the whole story on abs-cbnnews.com. Photo courtesy of the Associated Press. Edited by the author for humor purposes and to pursue artistic creativity (nuks!).
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