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Tuesday, 17 May 2016 11:55

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BY BOB JALDON

 

Los Angeles, CA. —While no one can foretell the future, it can be predicted, especially if it concerns politics. It is possible that Mayor Ma. Isabel G. Climaco-Salazar’s greatest challenger in 2019 will be Rep. Celso L. Lobregat. She has not made any negative statements against the gentleman from Nunez. She found a virtuous way to distance herself from her predecessor. Will they appear in the same venue on July 1 when the mayor delivers her second inaugural speech?

People always crave for change, a fact that Mar Roxas found out the hard way. When Ferdinand E. Marcos was president for 20 years, we cried for change. Some even died longing for it. We finally got it as the Manilenos blanketed the avenue of EDSA that led to the overthrow of Mr. Marcos. That upheaval gave us a new democratic president — a housewife whose only credentials were being a Cojuangco and the wife of assassinated Senator Benigno Aquino, Jr. Because her righteous-inspired constitution prohibited her from seeking a second term, her defense chief, one of the deliverers of the EDSA revolt, came to power by a plurality vote.

Still, the disgruntled Filipinos wanted more. Enter an economist, now languishing at the Veterans’ Memorial Hospital. It’s been almost six years and the Sandigabayan has yet to decide on her plunder rap, the evidence of which seem insubstantial.

Then, along came a spider, the son of a heroine who enthralled the multitude as the countervenom of corruption and immorality, a gentleman who condoned the heinous as was William Shakespeare’s description of Richard III. There was sense to his “Kung walang kurap, walang mahirap.” That mattered only for a while until he applied this principle only to his political adversaries, never his allies and accomplices. At every crucial moment, President Aquino’s administration was besieged with disasters, catastrophes, political misadventures and military misfortunes. The ghosts of SAF 44 will forever haunt him.

Suddenly, this Nino Bonito presented by his allies, deliberately smoke-screening his intelligent quotient, turned into a great disappointment. The impeachment of the late Chief Justice Renato Corona divided the country. Three sitting senators were figuratively put to the sword. The methodical operation of political demolition against Citizen Two and the persistent attack on the credibility of the 2013 número uno senator because of her doubtful origin of birth and questionable citizenship were attestations of a despicable campaign to mash the opposition in order to push for the administration’s hopeful.

What Malacanang didn’t see was the gale from the south, the windstorm that was brushed aside as a prank. He was seen as an insatiable political careerist who was appointed as vice mayor of Davao city in 1988 by President Corazon C. Aquino. He was endorsed by former President Fidel V. Ramos whose people will play important roles in the government for the next six years. “There are men too superior to be seen except by a few, as there are notes too high for the scale of most ears.”

And so, His Excellency Rodrigo R. Duterte becomes the Philippines’ 16th president.

Back in Zamboanga, politicians there don’t seem to rust out. They fall, they rise only to fall again. Some remain fallen. While there may be shame in defeat, there may gradually be virtue. Madam Beng and Sir Celso will slug it out in 2019. To most, that will be a shocking experience, positively shocking.