A practical lesson on the meaning of justice PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 November 2018 13:56

By Remedios F. Marmoleño

We missed something somewhere in making the thirty-year-old and younger population of our country understand the meaning of the Martial Law years in the Philippines and the role of the Marcoses in this dark chapter of our country’s history. Even though the family hightailed it to Hawaii in 1986 in a rather ignominious manner, when they came back it was as though they had just gone on a prolonged vacation in the balmy weather of Hawaii. Before long they were back at what they are good at… winning public office.
It was no surprise that Imelda and Imee won positions as congressional representative and governor, respectively, in the family’s bailiwick of Ilocos Norte. Much as we hate these things, we can’t help but be realists and accept that this orientation is too deeply ingrained in our culture. Crooked or not, people vote for a “respected” local family name.
But how did Ferdinand Jr. win a national position as senator? And almost won as vice president in another election? The political scientists and the sociologists will still be analyzing this when many of us have gone on to the great beyond.
It should be interesting how Imelda and Imee will come out in the 2019 election that they are candidates in, now that Imelda has been convicted by the Supreme Court of six counts of plunder. The amount of money she has been found guilty of salting away is no pin money, even for someone with her reputation for big spending.
For me there are two questions that need to be thought about carefully. 1) Will she still run for the 2019 election she has filed her candidacy for? 2) Will she be sent to jail since she has been already convicted?
From what I understand of Comelec rules, Imelda is not disqualified from running for office until she is finally convicted with no more chance of appeal. Knowing how long it took for the case to reach this point, you can bet your gold peso coin that she will be the governor of Ilocos Norte by June 2019.
Will Imelda be sent to jail? The chance of that happening is less than that of having Boracay towed to Manila Bay, or even towards the West Philippine Sea.
It is a pity indeed. For the case of Imelda is an excellent occasion for learning the meaning of justice. We missed our chance in the past; let us not miss it yet again.
With the killings in the drug war and the tolerated corruption in the BoC muddling up our people’s idea of what justice is, let us take this occasion of Imelda’s conviction to drive home the lesson that “ no matter who, crime does not pay”.