Aquino Presidency: An
unfolding drama of hope
By CHITO DELA TORRE
“The Almighty has a
plan for all of us and I agree that the All Seeing Eye does not play
dice with our destinies. Indeed, even pain has a purpose.” - Chief
Justice Reynato Puno (lifted from Atty-at-Work).
To some observant
Filipino eyes, the current administration of President Noynoy Aquino
is repeatedly committing blunders in decision-making and approaches in
its haste to right what it perceives to be wrongs committed during the
more than nine years of an Arroyo regime. To a few, mostly loyal to
ex-president Gloria Arroyo, the blunders of the new administration are
serious and could be contested up to the Supreme Court, such as the
creation of the Truth Commission which is given a limited executive
mandate of only two years to complete its mission.
Be that as it may,
criticisms such as these don’t bother Malacañang. Malacañang just
does what it believes it must do. It goes with the best speech of the
year, President Aquino’s first State of the Nation Address (SONA) –
which I rate 100 per cent, for its being honest, down-to-earth, and
purposive, bereft of pomposity and euphemisms.
It seems, when making
decisions, Malacañang always looks back to the promises made by PNoy.
Decisions must approximate the solutions to problems, crimes, and
failures that never saw the truth in the past regime, until Malacañang
hits the right chord. Hence, the constant need for consultations and
for cabinet meetings, and the need for accordingly responding to
feedbacks from and grievances of the Filipino people.
Of course, those
decisions could be wrong or simply lack some basic requirements to be
universally acceptable. That’s why, PNoy, and his early-erring
Secretaries and heads of agencies, are fundamentally prepared to make
the necessary corrections, and they do the immediate corrections,
taking note of lessons and insights learned their own way.
All these are normal.
It’s normal for a new leadership, to err or to lack. And it will
always be normal, until the present dispensation can correct the
wrongs of the past that have been carried to the present, or that had
caused the big problems of today.
Sifting the sands of
options - of which many are available and are multifarious, especially
when just everyone gets on to the television screen or is quoted in
newspapers and magazines or is heard over the radios – sometimes lead
leaders to courses of action that are vulnerable to open attacks. It
will be so, for as long as there still remain the bitter fruits of
seeds of discontent that had been planted during the past 33,000 days
before June 30, 2010.
But the All Seeing Eye
has let these things happen, always beyond our expectation, beyond
even what the most perfect systems on Earth could predict or
interpret. Those who are like PNoy who strongly believes in God’s
purpose see that as a normal occurrence. Hence, they hope to find
hope in whatever their hope can provide, convinced that in the end,
they will see and enjoy the fulfilment of the simpler times that they
have for long been sighing for. And they are convinced that President
Noynoy Aquino is that hope, their hope, who can give unto them that
fulfilment, even little by little, even through thick and thin, even
inch by inch, notwithstanding the monstrosity the appearance of every
policy nemesis may be, and even if it may only take pragmatism to
eradicate the evils in governance and of society.
For that has been
happening in Philippine republicanism and in this country’s battle for
independence as a one-identity nation, and for sovereignty over its
own territories, natural wealth, people, aspirations and future. God
– probably, because not all Filipinos can see one thing from one and
through one view at the same time, hence the urge to question each
other’s claims and contentions – lets us get what we wish through the
drama of His sole authorship. Ramon Magsaysay, a guerrilla and
auto-mechanic, and then a “mere housewife” Corazon Aquino, became
Not far from a fading
memory, Leyteños and Samareños had a Basaynon high school drop-out but
a “voracious reader” who became the Waray region’s first Budget
Commissioner – Serafin Marabut, for whom Marabut, once a barrio of
Basey, was created as a new town in Samar in recognition of his
achievements for the whole
Now, we have a not
really simple citizen whom millions of Filipinos have asked to be
their leader. Now he is our President. He resembles the simple hope
of the ordinary Filipinos, the poor and the hopeless. Thanks God he
accepted to lead us all.
Wherever his actions
may presently lead this nation to, whichever his strategies may be,
they could only be part of God’s grand plan. Man proposes, but God
disposes, so it has been said time and time again. And behind all
these, we are comforted with the thought that the Catholic Church in
us and the religious leaders of various congregations are praying that
through PNoy we can all get there.
Yes, harsh criticisms
and negative feedbacks will continue to pester the present
dispensation, but let those all be just to HELP GUIDE the leadership
so that it will succeed in its avowals. This, even if it is the
unquenchable abnormality of this nation to always demand for unity
rather than a rebellious division in the ranks of those in power, for
it has always been an equally cacophonous abnormality to reject
government action and demand at the same time for rara avis measures
that will only preserve and perpetuate evil whims – such as corruption
via pork barrels, dynastic power through malevolent authority.
Yes, some measures
adopted by the current leadership may not be what others see should
be, but let those all engender their own desired results. For, the
current leadership also knows that, and in knowing that, it knows what
are its impact consequences and what courses of action to take. It can
refine until it gets the best. That’s why no war is briefly fought,
for strategies interplay from both sides of the war. We have 9 years
war enemy behind and in front of us all, and today’s 6 years of a PNoy
presidency may not be enough. But, like every refined hope, PNoy’s
administration gets its strongest determination to get over from the
inexhaustible arsenal of hope from People Power, the power that is
Aquino, just carry on! Cabinet Secretaries, heave-ho!!!