Parties in Disarray

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A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights.

Napoleon

IN the absence of political principles and ideological distinctions between political parties, unlike parties abroad, such as Democrats and Republicans, Communists and Gaullists, Social and Christian Democrats and Labor and Conservatives, which parties are firmly anchored on ideology, history and principles, Philippine political parties are meaningless and unprincipled except for their accreditation, usefulness, appointment of inspectors, and party identity.

Otherwise, jumping from one party to another is as facile as changing ones shirt, or soliciting professional hawkers off the street.

To paraphrase, once again, former President Ronald Reagans observation, Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.

Thus, these are days of infamy, shameless horse trading, turncoatism or balimbingism, selfish self-interests, and unabashed pursuit of political ambitions that are causing disarray among the major political parties, such as, the Lakas-CMD and the LDP both of which are suffering from internal dissension and desertion.

For the first time in its history, even the Nationalist Peoples Coalition (NPC) has remained uncharacteristically undecided and indecisive in its endorsements as its Chairman Emeritus and Party founder, San Miguel tycoon, Eduardo Danding Cojuangco, remains tight-lipped, reticent, and reclusive, as he agonizes between the future of his vast business empire which, at the moment, depends and hinges on the continued patronage, tolerance, and support of the Arroyo administration and President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, and the highly critical and often independent postures of his NPC party leaders, particularly with reference to the legislative agenda, coco levy, and UCPB issues, Davide Impeachment, and PCGG policies, while clandestinely supporting the Presidential candidacy of San Miguels number one and long-time advertising icon, movie king Fernando Poe Jr. …