Beyond Fashion: A Red Tag11:39 AM
An all DIY outfit. Red color of the day.
A battle cry for good governance.
Today, the inauguration of President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III has taken place at the Quirino Grand Stand in Manila. A sea of yellow flooded this oath-taking event with over half a million Filipinos, while the rest watched the coverage in their own homes, full of hope and joy as the nine-year term of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo ends.
As a new chapter in the country’s history unfolds, the ending of Mrs. Arroyo’s stories of corruption and anomalies remain open-ended. More than a week ago, the incoming Pampanga congresswoman (Arroyo) bid farewell with a speech that sounded odd indeed from a President who claimed that she has left an impressive legacy by developing the economy, creating more jobs, improving the poverty situation, and all the sugar-coated words about being the best leader that she can be.
Her quotable quote, “Look around you, blah blah blah” got me laughing my ass off basically because she has tried so hard to win the people over. Even too much actually by bombarding the people with her propaganda, releasing all these pro-government ads and even publishing a book for God's sake - all a pathetic attempt of clearing her name.
I cut my shirt into this! Tadah!
She asked the people to "look around" but maybe she herself didn't. From my point of view, I would have to agree with what economist Solita Monsod said that progress, above from the "physical" one, is something that is felt by the people,and certainly not what’s written on paper or on any document containing statistics of Philippine growth and advancement.
As a person who has made a story about the impoverished Filipino farmers who have toiled for years without a true land reform; as a person who belongs to a lower middle class family; as a person who is proud of her father for bravely seeking justice for maltreated labor workers; I couldn't relate to the "improvement" the former president has bragged about.
All her so-called projects, with all due respect to Mrs. Arroyo, didn't and wouldn't compensate for all the money she and her minions pocketed from the national budget – all of which came from taxes, all of which were the people's hard-earned money.
A leader, she is considered to be but never a servant-leader, which we all know is characterized by putting the country first above self. And as Professor Luis Teodoro put it, being everyone’s President, after all, is the last thing that Mrs. Arroyo, has been.
From a simple outfit post, I represent myself from the red (not yellow) side today. I hold incoming Congresswoman Arroyo accountable for the:
1) extrajudicial killings and desaparecidos during her term(creating this culture of impunity)
2) the killing of the Freedom of Information bill
3) the suspicious government contracts, (like the ZTE broadband deal)
4) Fertilizer scam
5) the “Hello Garci” alleged election fraud last 2004 (which questioned the legitimacy of her term)
6)the 250 and other midnight appointments just before the elections, (which now are potential flashpoints of crisis in the Aquino government)
7) the violations of human rights that so palpably distinguished in her regime
8) the problematic 2010 automated elections (which the country paid for in billions)
9) who could ever forget the Maguindanao Massacre (one of its state witness was gunned down)
10) the leery, terminated Memorandum of Agreement between the Muslim rebels (Bangsamoro)
11) And many many many more.
In the inaugural speech of President Aquino, I openly support the formation of a truth commission that will investigate all the scams left unanswered. As he said, there can never be forgiveness and reconciliation without justice. If Mrs. Arroyo's definition of forgiveness is leaving everything behind without holding her (or even them)accountable, then forget it. Insincere apology unaccepted.
Today is a new beginning for the Philippines. The President's battle cry for good governance and corruption-less (hmmm...) administration. And though my mind is not as positive as most of my fellowmen are today, it's not because I don't believe. It's just because I try to keep my expectations lower while waiting if justice will be truly served. However, deeply inside my heart, I am hopeful like everyone else. God bless the Philippines.
Let's hope everything will be okay!