What was once a sacred secret whispered only within the hallowed halls of the great palace on the northern bank of the historic Pasig among its eunuchs, squires, knaves, knights, court jesters and clowns had just been confirmed. Nothing was too sacred, nor might it be too small, that the pettiest would consider as appropriate and proper in an honorable swordfight, engaging in a wholesale multimillion hate campaign unabashedly designed to protect big fat and precious posteriors from eventual prosecution and extended jail terms when, in 2016, a new administration takes the reins from the incumbent.
Forget such publicity stunts and spins as perpetuating into 2016 and beyond. The non-existent and mythical “straight path” or “Tuwid na Daan” has been thoroughly invalidated and trumped by the successive albeit criminal pork barrel initiatives of the Executive Department.
Malacanang’s total war policy against presidential challengers is based on more immediate, self-centered and personal impetuses. The high-level desperate and delusional protection of plump posteriors founds what partisanship now overwhelms all Executive actions and activities, including demolition jobs and attacks to destroy prospective alternatives. As ridicule is a potent albeit backstabbing offense in a hate campaign, it now makes sense that the term “ridicule” founds the term “ridiculous”.
The administration’s blitzkrieg against the Vice President’s True State of the Nation Address (True SONA) centered on aspects that ranged from the Vice President’s recognition of the heroic deaths of the forty-four Police Special Action Forces (SAF 44) from the president’s twice-bungled Mamasapano massacre, to accusations that issues tackled were old rehashed headlines, and eventually, to petty criticism of the speech’s venue.
From the supremely ironic to the pettiest of protocols, Malacanang has chosen to continuously hurl bric-brats including the cliche kitchen sink at a perceived ominous threat to their positions.
Ludicrousness doesn’t seem to deter the already deeply ludicrous. Mental incapacities are typically not contagious but they can spread and worsen in strange and uncanny ways. Especially for the predisposed. Dread and desperation are formidable impelling forces for those weak in character. For this administration it is important to sustain a multi-million peso hate campaign to stop the Vice President from eventually prosecuting the criminally culpable for their wholesale plunder via the pork barrel mechanisms. And, as a secondary objective, the need to part the thicket so their anointed, a poll loser, might have a clear path to an elusive presidency.
Not everyone who writes on these is a paid hack. Some are simply appalled, if not disgusted at the evident stupidity as we are. Since we have time to waste on a slow Sunday morning let us analyze each counterpoints impetus and effective consequences against the True SONA that the presidential spokesman has curiously labeled as “Charot”. As an aside we are curious that he should use such verbiage. “Charot” is a colloquial term, standard “Beki-Speak” spoken by gender-indeterminate hairdressers and the LGBT (lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transexuals) minority.
“Charot” means joke in the language of Bekimon, the “Baklaish” and the LGBT minority and its increasingly expanding subsets. Rather than respond directly to issues raised by the Vice President, in fencing terms, what the Palace drew from its concealed sheath was a “Desvio” – a deflecting act in the art of fencing. “Charot’s” unfortunate use as a defensive weapon to disparage the True SONA had started a sorry verbal sword fight (“espadahan”) to which the block and parry was correctly “Imbed ang fez ni secretarush dahil trulalu ang spluk ni VP. Pero ang Sona ng Pangulo, chaka ever sa madlang pipol dahil hindi trulalu.”
The latter was emailed by Sir Joey Salgado, the Vice President’s spokesman, as he defended the truth with distinctive rapier-sharp wit thus engaging the Palace’s short-sword stabs with a long pole-arm’s cut and thrust.
He is right. Salgado cannot have hit the mark more. The people, whether exclusively benefitted in the last five years, or excluded from economic growth by the administration’s serial ineptitude and bungling, know the truth not because they have been told about it, whether the messenger is the president or the Vice President, but more because they experience the truth and against such undeniable experience that validates, there can be no arguing.
Salgado’s lunge had hit the mark. Applying a master swordsman’s Botta Secretta, the best reply to a brazen “balaj and MRT anaconda” from Palace factotums is the undeniable “trulalu”.
Taking our cue from the Executive Department’s penchant for the petty and analyzing counter-parries to the True SONA, let us start on the petty and insignificant and from there work our way, up, eventually cutting to the substantive and revealing and from that juncture quarter the beast and dissect the true and undeniable state of the nation.
When a state university hosted the True SONA after its students, exercising admirable and exemplary critical thinking, had invited the Vice President in an effort to allow the youth to discern alternative sides of burning issues and judge for themselves the truth, Malacanang turned its ire on the defenseless. Sinking into a Draconian pit and employing authoritarian tactics, pro-administration officials “suggested” that the university’s educators explain themselves. Such harassment and intimidation are indicative of a miseducated leadership that obviously considers education a threat and critical thinking and academic freedom as subversive.
Earlier, the ruling party’s “desvio” claimed the True SONA’s principal issues were rehashed headlines. Quoting media reports, the Liberal Party “downplayed the so-called “True State of the Nation Address” saying it was nothing but rehashed stories unworthy of attention and respect.”
It is revealing that the Liberal Party would consider the True SONA’s principal issues, the heroism and tragic death of the SAF 44, the transportation issues and the result of dilly-dallying on critical spending, the billion-peso pork barrel patronage and the unconstitutional and criminal Presidential Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), and others both media and the public deem worthy of front page attention would be deemed “unworthy of attention and respect”. Against what the public considers important and a sycophantic and premature ejaculation to accolades for the president’s hairdresser, househelp and nanny thinking those integral to a relevant presidential report to congress, what indeed is important to the incumbent Palace residents?
What was the president’s state of the nation message when he effectively, by deliberate dereliction and omission, trashed the memory of unfortunate heroes and then relegates them to the garbage bin for the sake of his own political expediency? That this administration chooses to honor hairdressers and house-helpers over heroes is perhaps the truest, most concise, most eloquent and most revealing state of the nation address.