Aquino’s campaign promise was to fight against corruption. Very noble.
His actions, however, indicate that his fight is not against corruption. His fight is against the ARROYOS.
I am writing this post at 4:17pm Philippine time. Just how significant is this time?
A few hours ago, the Supreme Court of the Philippines denied the Motion for Reconsideration filed by Secretary de Lima of the Department of Justice on the Temporary Restraining Order issued by the SC against the travel ban against the Arroyos. At the other side of the of the many sides of the political drama in the Philippines, government prosecutors were suddenly busy preparing the electoral sabotage case against the former President. After more than a year of accusations and witch-hunting, the case was finally raffled to the Pasay Regional Trial Court. Lo and behold! just a few minutes ago, a warrant of arrest was issued by Judge Mupas of RTC Br. 112 Pasay City against Arroyo.
The filing of the case and the issuance of the warrant of arrest makes the SC ruling moot and academic. And this is just how Aquino wanted the Supreme Court and the Chief Justice should appear to be.
Prior to Aquino’s oath-taking as Philippine President, he has already vowed to disrespect the Chief Justice because the Chief Justice had been labeled as a midnight appointment by the former President. During the campaign period, he took on the popular clamor to pin down the former president. and he shall… at all cost! That’s his election promise… lest, he falls from popular grace.
The Marcoses, acknowledged all over the world as corrupt and has robbed the country, are proudly marching around in the Philippines yet the current Aquino administration is not doing anything about them and their cases. This is the very regime and family that the current President’s father fought against! But then again, this is not part of his campaign promise… and this is not a popular cause at this time.
Really, the popular Aquino is not after corruption in the Philippines. He is just after the Arroyos.