Just some random political tidbits.
ON THE PASSING OF ROBREDO. We give our government too much skepticism in the name of citizenship and cynicism in the name of wisdom that we miss the simple truths — that there are good, hard-working men in Philippine politics. We do have public servants. But while Robredo was a good example of that, he is insufficient to exemplify the ideal. Over the past week, we’ve also heard about the ordeal of PAGASA forecasters and employees — people who earn much less and have much less going on in their job descriptions than Robredo. Yet, they give their all just the same. I’m not making a case for blind optimism however, but I think it’s time we gave people their simple due.
ON THE PLAGIARISM OF SEN. SOTTO. Plagiarism is an issue because it is integrity that’s on the line. And when it comes to statesmanship, people can rise and fall on their word — or just fall if the word isn’t theirs. I think what irks people about this whole debacle is not just the act of plagiarism or the impunity with which the Senator tries to extricate himself. It is about trust. How can you trust a man who props up his position on words he — vicariously through his staff — stole? It’s material corruption, really. But instead of co-opting funds and power for selfish purposes, ideas and intellectual property are taken away and used nefariously instead to bolster a position that can fundamentally affect that fate of a bill designed to provide crucial education and services to women in need.
ON THE RH BILL, PART ONE HUNDRED. I used to feel that the debate over the RH would be healthy for our democracy, but as the months have gone on I begin to feel that it — the debate, not the bill — has become social poison, gnawing away at our bones and weakening our spirits. I strongly doubt that anyone is still convincing anybody on the opposite side of the fence. Both sides are now firmly entrenched and what we’re witnessing is an ideological war of attrition on the streets and the highest game of political one-up-manship in the House. It’s exasperating to watch, really. Are the debates still making us better as a people? Just amend and vote on the bill already.
ON PHILIPPINE POLITICAL FILMS. Why don’t we have more movies about our history? Jose P. Laurel, the so-called Puppet President consigned by the Japanese, would make an interesting, tragic, and sad character for a biopic, I think. We can also learn much from the early statesmanship during the Commonwealth era as exemplified by the friendship and rivalry of Osmena and Quezon. And how about Roxas and the post-war reconstruction? What about Magsaysay? There is so much in our past that can be put to film. When done intelligently, they can become instruments for our people’s political education. When done tastefully, they compete with the best the rest of the world has to offer. If I can take a break from everything, I’d step into another life where I would be writing an award-winning screenplay. Maybe. Maybe someday. I’m not even 30.