Wanted: Filipino Noblesse Oblige
One wonders if this is what we will be treated to all the way to June 30, 2010.
They didn’t really run against one another last May 10 and both actually victorious in their bids.
For the ‘lady’ so accustomed to power and pelf it’s not surprising that while she’s relinquishing her 9-year hold on the presidency (one that a critic said she stole not one but twice), she’s also preening to become Speaker of the House of Representatives, based on her political blue print.
For the President-in-waiting it’s truly disconcerting to have to engage in verbal tussles-by-proxy against the outgoing Chief Executive while coming to grips with all the necessary familiar and official preparations to hit the ground running as the Philippines’s 15th President.
Not least of these are the exiting President’s installation of her midnight Supreme Court Chief Justice, the attempt to piece together alliances that can give him control of both the Senate and the House of Representatives or some modus vivendi that will allow prevent his new administration’s legislative initiatives to be held hostage by transactional politics.
For the ex-President-to-be-and-aspiring Speaker, there must come an acceptance that while she won in a provincial congressional district, the very poor showing at the polls of her anointed was really a vote against her regime.
Pretentions never last.
So for Noynoy Aquino, who won and won convincingly, and Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who ‘won’ but really lost, noblesse oblige (albeit in two different hues) is the imperative of the moment.