Tuesday, June 07, 2005

'Jueteng'-gate and the tale of the tape

Out here in the boondocks of Dumaguete, we're about as apolitical as we can get. Life has its own pace, so why should we get too worked up with all the shenanigans of Metro Manila?

All the same, I'm wondering about the pace of things in the new round of jueteng exposes. I'm wondering why it's not nearly as big a thing as it ought to be.

Erap, if you recall, was brought down because of alleged involvement in jueteng. So where's the moral outrage that blazed so strongly three years ago?

Have we gotten so jaded? Are we so complacent with this administration? Are we being fooled again?

It's quite funny how this thing developed. When the allegations first cropped up, you had the administration daring the witnesses to step forward.

Now that the witnesses have testified, it's become a destabilization plot?

And now there's this supposed tape of Arroyo's conversation with a Comelec officer. Is it real? Is it a fake? What's annoying and damning is that they're trying to catch it on a technicality.

Sigh. My poor country: when will you -- we! -- be free from all this foolishness?