Monday, September 17, 2007

Political Confusion

I am personally convinced Erap has plundered lots of money during his time --- well, just as politicians do. But Erap is the man-- he stood all the way to his conviction saying he did nothing wrong and that people already acquitted him. I admire Ghandi, Mandela, Che Guevarra et. al. for doing their own things in history. But for Erap to make it appear he can replicate such sacrifices is a twisted belief a.k.a delusion. Its just good for him to be brave and face his enemies cause other options would tantamount to admission of guilt.

But i am also convinced Erap doesn't deserve all of it. He wasn't given a good chance. He was already convicted by Davide in 2001 and that Sandiganbayan was created just to formalize the judgment. Eventually he will end up guilty, i believe, but at least it would have been a fair fight if the impeachment trial continued. The million people in Edsa 2 should have instead shouted for the opening of the envelope and watched over the impeachment proceedings. By that, Erap would have been impeached and there will be no question on the legitimacy of Gloria's succession. The question on legitimacy brought so much pressure which eventually pushed Gloria to do EVERYTHING to win the 2004 election. Well, thats how i saw it. =)

They say Erap's conviction is a warning to all public officials and a good indication that no one is above law and that justice prevails in this country. Sounds good. And foreigners to this country would praise the verdict and blindly take the message. But for me, this can be just another sad part of our twisted political history. And the story continues with the lady who conspired with high society and exploited people power to get the presidency. Then cheated all the way to... well this will gonna be a long post, time to go.

3 comments:

Lan Castro said...

I agree with you. When first heard of Erap's conviction, I thought I would feel good about it since it proves that no one is above the law. However, I suddenly realized Erap was really idiot to be caught on his corruption. For sure for sure, majority of our national officials are corrupt...and these officials are just really smart not to be exposed. I guess, it takes to be a smart one to be a really good politician and Erap proved that he didn't really fit in the political arena...

edwin said...

Olan, welcome to my blog! nice profile in your blog hehe.

Yes, gloria is equally wicked but much smarter than erap politically. i wish someone among the cabinet secretaries get convicted of corruption, that i believe gives much stronger message than the erap conviction.

Bill Bilig said...

I agree with you too. It's hard to celebrate Erap's conviction because there are many corrupt officials out there who are getting a free pass. Too bad :-(