Malacanang’s Back-handed Dare, And An Open Letter To Noynoy Aquino
Subtlety has very seldom been the strong suit of Malacanang spinmeisters.
Even when it could be spot on, it quite clumsily manages to get the bullet to ricochet and end up being wounded.
Take case of the latest attempt of Marcos-era student activist Gaey Olivar who is now one of those who mouth Arroyo policy:
Deputy Presidential Spokesman Gary Olivar: Hindi naman tayo dapat magtataka kung gagamitin nya (Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III ) lahat ng puhunan at assets nya kasama na dyan ang pagiging anak niya ni Senator Benigno Aquino at saka ni Presidente Cory upang magtagumpay sa kanyang mga plano sa pulitika.
“Pero paalala lang kay Senator Noynoy kung puwede, ‘Be your own man.’ Huwag na siyang kumakampanya siya dahil anak siya nina ano, ng magagaling na mga magulang niya. He has to show that he is his own man kung gusto po nya na maging magaling na presidente ng bayan natin.
This writer believes Sen. Noynoy should decide NOT to seek higher office in 2010 if what will happen is just politics as usual, with trapo wheeling-and-dealing and money politics will rule the game.
In fact over the weekend, I’ve been chewing on:
Open Letter To Sen. Benigno C. Aquino III:
Dear Sen. Aquino,
If you intend, as you promised on your dear well-loved mother’s grave that you “will continue the fight she and you martyred father fought – the fight to protect our democratic institutions and eliminate the cancer of corruption in government corrupt –
RESIGN IRREVOCABLY as Senator.
Make the sacrifice.
Do not succumb to the temptation of exploiting the legacy of your recently deceased mother, to feather your own nascent political ambitions.
Instead join our suffering countrymen by working at the advocacies Tity Cory’s death left uncompleted.
Ituloy mo ang Laban, isang labang marangal na hindiu kakasangkapanin ang maruming pulitika upang magkamit ng kapangyarihang pampamahalaan.
I realize this Open Letter will be easy to ignore as you face the opportunity of reviving a political alliance your father, Ninoy Aquino, and Gerry Roxas were forming in 1971 in the hope of the scheduled presidential elections in 1973 at what should have been the end of Ferdinand Marcos’s second term.
That Aquino-Roxas tandem was, however, aborted when Plaza Miranda was bombed on August 21, 1971, followed 11 months later by the declaration on Martial Law.
I know, Sen. Noynoy, that it has taken a generation for the political situation to ‘normalize’ somewhat to present this window to rekindle the dream ticket.
But do look into your heart, dear Sen. Noynoy, as Malacanang itself backhandedly dares you to run with a caveat of questionable validity.
Still and all, whatever you decide to do, Godspeed.
Malacanang’s talking heads are telling Noynoy Aquino not to use his parents’ reputation to advance his political agenda.
But is it not what the Arroyo sons have themselves done?