Once the cat let out of the bag designating Mar Roxas as P’Noy successor, the presidential wannabes readied their ammunitions and fired at their target. The targets are the famous “Daang Matuwid” (Straight Path), its progenitor, P’Noy, and its successor, Mar Roxas. The wannabes lumped together these targets, because it has to be these three, otherwise, if they train their gun to just one or two, their bullets would be useless.
The battle jumped right off after P’Noy’ last SONA. The wannabes digested and parsed the SONA. And they seethe in anger because those items vulnerable for their attack were missing. Opinions are mixed, and dependent on one’s persuasions, but it is centered on the root of it all, the “Daang Matuwid”.
Since 2010, the principle embodied on this “phrase” had been extolled and derided. Those who extolled it are those people which differentiated what the nation was then, and see what it is today. The government’s records could attest to this as they are listed on government’s websites if anyone bothers to probe and not just talk.
Those who derided it are those who had been marginalized of their previous corruption activities. Those whose power and influence had been cut off, and those who wish to return to the old fold of government’s gross inefficiencies.
As their official foe had been known, these wannabes harp on what were gone bad of the “Daang Matuwid” or rant any of its shortcomings to project themselves in the people’s mind that they, too, are valuable contenders and could do better.
Former Sen. Panfilo Lacson, petitioned for the prohibition of certain provisions in GAA (General Appropriation Act) which he claimed gave birth to DAP. And that he and his group found evidence that PDAF, which created hullaballoos in 2013-2014 is resurrected in the 2015 Budget.
He enunciated, too, his grudge, when as a Rehabilitation Czar for the Typhoon Yolanda, no mention of his effort has been cited on P’Noy’s last SONA. Also, he griped about not being a part, really, of the Aquino Cabinet, especially when he made ruckus about that bunkhouses of the Yolanda victims constructed out of substandard materials. And he was insinuated as a rabble-rouser.
Sen. Grace Poe’s somewhat softened her stand about her teaming up with Chiz Escudero after swath of bad publicity swept across the media outlet. And now, she’s saying to the effect, that “No one has the monopoly of the “Daang Matuwid,” meaning, she too, can espouse its principle to make herself smell good to the public.
Ferdinand Marcos Jr. delivered, too, his own SONA. His SONA is as if introducing a new term to replace “Daang Matuwid”. He called it “meritocracy”. Under the law, he said, a greater number of our people should be given opportunity, not hand-out. And it should be applied to all government functionaries. That’s a thought of a philosopher, said one commentator, and suggested, maybe the Filipinos should try a philosopher this time as their President. That would do, but people should forget first the “Marcos name” legacy, which is synonymous to dark days of Philippine History.
“A ganon”, and “E, di Wow” these snide remarks, which obviously referring to Jojo Binay’s virtuously laden, but hollow pronouncements, was a blockbuster hit after the P’Noy’s SONA. Frustrated, agitated, and mad that P’Noy intentionally missed Binay’s name from the roster of cabinet members to give his thankyous, when reporters asked for Binay’s reaction, he said, he will do his own “TSONA” soon.
Jojo Binay appeared presidential when he did his “TSONA”. As all the others, he tackled all the items P’Noy had skipped, and painted the country in hopelessness and gloomy state. Funny, because for five years he had been a part of it, and as the Palace spokesperson, Edwin Lacierda said, he had lauded also with the administration accomplishment then. Now, he made a 380 degrees turned, just because he had not been endorsed by P’Noy.
Binay’s spokesperson, Toby Tiangco had reasoned out that at the time, Binay was like the battered wife that just kept quiet and carry through, but now, came out of the relationships because he couldn’t bear it anymore. Ha!
Straight Path would endure.
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