His office as his bunker PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 23 March 2015 11:11

By REMEDIOS F. MARMOLEÑO

 

I have a friend who has travelled the world; she is pretty and well educated. Time was when she would claim to be a Puerto Rican, not a Filipino, when she would  be asked what her nationality was. This was at a time when the image abroad of a Filipino was not quite positive.

Looking the way I do I can’t quite claim to be another nationality; besides I wouldn’t want to. I am not happy about many things we Filipinos do ( and are?)  but I can’t  in my mind evade the fact that I am a Filipino.

Since January 25, 2015 we have displayed many characteristics that I would rather not see in people: emotional to the point of being illogical; opportunists;  self-aggrandizing; quick to tear people down so as to push oneself up; a rather low allegiance to truth. Should I continue?  No, better leave it at that.

My sense of being a Filipino finds it very offensive that so called “leaders’ like governors and mayors of metropolitan areas of our country think they can flaunt lawful authority to hang on to their powers as governors or mayors.

Remember Cebu Gov. Gwen Garcia who made her office in the Cebu capitol her “castle keep” when she was supposed to be suspended from office?  She dug in her heels, made the office her “bunker” and in effect prevented the Vice-governor from taking over the running of the province while Gov. Garcia was supposedly on suspension. Her followers set up tents on the capitol grounds to defend their beleaguered leader from being evicted. What an ugly sight.

Gov. Garcia of course was not the first one to use this tactic.  And neither was she the last. Our latest defiant one is, of course, Makati Mayor Binay .  An incidental information I came across in Google is that Garcia is (was?) in the political party even then of  VP Binay.

I am not a political camp follower.  I am not arguing against the actions of Garcia and/or Binay because of their political affiliation. I am taking a strong stand against such actions because of the insidious negative impact these can have on our younger generations’  respect for the exercise of lawful authority. I spent some 50 years of my life being a teacher, making my small contribution to the formation of Filipino youth. And the likes of Garcia and Binay in their defiance of lawful authority is not what I would want our young people to consider as the norm.

The court after all decided to grant Binay’s plea for a TRO. If he had allowed himself to be suspended, for only a few days as it turned out, and the TRO was granted he would have gone back to his duties without setting a bad example.  But I suppose the loss of power, even for just a few days, was not something he was ready to experience. Is this a case of “like father like son”? Remember this in May 2016.