I just counted the number of stubs in my ashtray--I puffed just two cigarettes answering all those writers over at FilipinoVoices. Blasting them away is easy. Stick with the issue. And they readily tire out. It seems to me that these so-called "intellectuals" are all heart and no mind. I mean, these tirades against PGMA have no basis in fact and in law. These are just meaningless rantings of a few who believe that they are always right and government is always wrong.
Working in government takes a lot of courage. You need to have the strong will to do what's right. You need insight. You need a steely will. And you just need to dismiss all these accusations against you simply because these ordinary citizens will never, ever, get it. That's the reason they're there and we're here.
PGMA did what she's supposed to do--try to resolve this pesky Mindanao issue. For decades, people have been clamoring the President for a definitive stand on this issue. Many sectors, especially those from the Left, share the same stand as that of Madame President. Yet, when she stood up and implemented what she thought then as the right thing, she was lambasted for it.
Governance is not as simple as one may believe it is. It's hard work. You put your entire mind and soul into it. And you're compensated, plain and simple. When you do a right thing, you're sure to meet people who'll chastise you for what you did simply because (1) their own interests were hit hard or (2) one or some of their friends were harmed by it. Government is a delicate balancing act. People will never understand the logic of policy-making.
Having said that, it's easy for people to criticize things which they don't really understand. Or they thought they did but never considered the rationale behind the act.
Like this charter change thing. People will never understand why we want PGMA to extend her term. Yes, I'm saying it here with all candor--we are for the extension of PGMA's term. We need her to continue what we've started and that is, create a society that promotes oligarchies. Plain and simple. I don't want to mince words.
Come November, we will get what we want and people will just follow us. These ordinary people do not have the strength nor the will to oppose us. We know it from experience and from surveys. If the likes of the Black and White Movement and those minions of this dreamer named Mar Roxas think they can muster enough numbers to oust Madame from power, they're dreaming.
We will survive these anti-charter change moves and give ourselves another ten years to govern and straighten out this country.