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Wednesday, 23 August 2017 12:04

BEHIND  THE  LINES

BY BOB JALDON

 

Ferdinand E. Marcos wrote: “At the end of that September vigil, during which I exhausted all the possibilities in my mind, I found my duty and responsibility for the nation’s destiny – forced to me by historical circumstances.”

I am disappointed that no one, thus far, has written a book about El Presidente in an attempt to distill the temper of those who hate him for his violent assault on criminals dealing in illegal drugs; his denunciation of his critics’ human rights advocacy; his claim of courage and bravery in the face of the Marawi siege; his proclamation of the state of Martial Law; his promise to rid the government’s filthy stable of corruption and graft, smuggling, human trafficking; alleged extra-judicial killings; poverty; and his atomic explosion on the critical media questioning his presidential and diplomatic competence in dealing with our allies and the United Nations.

He is the president, and he has launched a new kind of “revolution” – not the Marcosian revolution of democracy or Imelda’s “green revolution”. If his “war on drugs”, his battle against smugglers, the “mafia” in the Bureau of Customs and the “ghosts” within his own government fails – a state nearing anarchism – he will become what he doesn’t desire to be – a modern-day  DICTATOR.

El Presidente, a lawyer, should write a book, or have someone write it for him. I compare him to Marcos, his apparent idol, “who went down and wrote his extended essay from all view points: a reflection of the conflicts of (our) time, without which our historic knowledge shall be complete only by substitution, which of course shall not be the same as the ones that were seen by one who had all the opportunities to have seen all those events, even shape them in accordance with the justice of his own being.”

Sir Isaiah Berlin, a student of great philosophers, wrote: “Great social forces are at work of which only the acutest and the most gifted individuals are ever aware: the ordinary run of men are behind in the varying degrees to that which truly shapes our lives, worship fetishes and invent childish mythologies, which they dignify with the title of views or theories in order to explain the world in which they live.”

With his more than 20 years experience as a public servant, El Presidente has acquired (not perceived) the facility of knowledge that he has expressed in vulgar words, obscure pronouncements, bordering on riddles. Only the closest to him would understand what comes out of his mouth. Though failing in expression, El Presidente has recognized the erosion of our country’s moral strength, erosions that were never put in  check by the oligarchs, the peninsulares who were constantly praised by the partial media and sanctioned  the dysfunctional legislature.

In 1971, Mr. Marcos ruled all Filipinos guilty of human destruction. A political analyst, thus, wrote: “He wheeled around and pointed to the oligarchic brotherhood… as the actual cause of despair and disaffection, that they were in fact the forces of alienation who enjoyed the benefits of status quo but at the same time with sophistication and careful machination, were sowing the seeds of their own (and the democratic society’s) destruction.

This is what El Presidente clearly seeks, although I disagree with him in many of his domestic and foreign policies: a political order free of drugs and mal hombres.  As Mr. Marcos wrote: “A people may have the most responsive political authority, but unless they are faithful to its tenets and use its institutions wisely, that authority will be eroded by the few who will manipulate it for private gain. The political authority will then suffer from a diminishing of forces and of moral authority.”

 
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