Lacking in Finesse; "He Who Accepts Evil without Protesting against It Is Really Cooperating with It." - Martin Luther King, Jr
Byline: HECTOR R.R. VILLANUEVA
IT is the political system that is corrosive and corruptive of the Filipino soul.
Truth to tell, let us not be hypocritical about the cash gifts handed around by the Palace for services rendered, and to cement further the spirit of solidarity.
What's wrong with that in the context of Philippine politics, and the political system that we live in?
It's being done all the time for the lucky few and party loyalists.
First, the critics of the administration, as well as those with lofty ambitions, protest too much when they themselves are in no position to call the kettle black for they too are sinners.
What was wrong and gross with the Palace meeting with legislators and national provincial executives was the undiplomatic manner of dispensing the goodies - R200,000 to R500,000 depending on his (or her) proximity to the center of gravity - and the lack of finesse and creativity in the distribution of the largesse, or shopping bag.
This is what happens when the delicate task is given to political amateurs; the goodies are openly distributed by amateurs; and the damage control in the media are handled by amateur operators or by media practitioners who have no access to media proprietors.
For these reasons in the recent past, owing to the ineptitude and lack of focus of her advisers, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is invariably exposed in the open in the crossfire while her advisers fumble to look for diversionary tactics, new issues, and foreign travels to deflect media attention away from the brewing scandals.
Indeed, there is an urgent need for the President to undertake an indepth evaluation of her media crisis management in view of emerging and confluencing issues that impact directly on the Presidency.
Second, the President today finds herself in the horns of a cavernous dilemma between the need to retain her Party majority in both Chambers of Congress; the continued esteem of the public and provincial executives; the support of the business elite, the "dA[c]tente" with the restive military; the Muslim separatists, and the CPP-NPA-NDF, on the one hand, and the need to show a progressive economy; better health care; and more schools, schoolrooms, and more housing, on the other. …