Friday, November 30, 2007

Fools

"Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him, saying, `This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.'"
--Luke 14:28-30

"Who's the bigger fool? The fool, or the one who follows him?" --Old saying

It all started sensationally. Sometime around 11:00AM, during their hearing recess, Sen. Antonio Trillanes and companions abruptly walked out of the courtroom. Everyone was stunned. No one attempted to stop them, not even the armed escorts who were supposed to make sure they behaved. On they walked to the streets of Makati, and into the Manila Peninsula. Another uprising in the making? Probably, probably.

Once more the nation waited with bated breath. But when all was said and done, it turned out to be another Big Nothing after all. No adoring crowds assembled, no cavalry swooped down to the rescue. Instead, surrender -- now with a bang, with a whimper -- a flawed mirror to Oakwood from five years ago.

(What is it with this fetish for posh, swanky hotels, anyway? But I digress.)

A tactician Trillanes is not, that much is clear now. In fact, the extent of his naivete is surprising. Here is a man who has won a moral victory in the last elections, and yet has been unable to consolidate it into any solid footing. Worse, he's gambled away significant good will by pulling this cheap stunt.

We wouldn't be so harsh on him if he had succeeded. It's not like the Filipino people love Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo so much that we would lay our lives down for her; quite the contrary, many would probably cheer her downfall.

"If." That's the point, isn't it? If he had succeeded, congressmen and senators and governors and mayors would be beating a path to his door. If he had pulled it off, the United States would be calling in with a message of congratulations. But he didn't, and that's a world of a difference.

At best, all he achieved was to show how paranoid and how not in control this administration has become. Those whom gods destroy and all that, yes, but that we already knew.

Perhaps it's symbolic that Trillanes should have attempted his latest beau geste on the eve of the day we honor Andres Bonificio. The Great Plebeian set into motion events which would ultimately lead to independence for the Philippines, but had it stolen from his hands by bourgeois opportunists. So reminiscent of recent history, isn't it?

6 comments:

  1. Hey Dom! Long time no hear! Man, ang exciting ng Pinas!

    How come you didn't NaNo?

    Are you part of the Ubuntu forums?

    Musta?

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  2. if he had succeeded, i shudder at the proportions to which his arrogance would have surely grown

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  3. Yeah, I agree.
    But it was certainly more interesting than zaido.
    I think people with brains but no money choose to leave this country. The gov't pushes OFW programs for remittances AND exile of those with brains that could cause trouble for the sitting power.
    I am not sure, but is there another country that have OFW thing going on?

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  4. Hi, Inez: sorry for the late reply. He he, got started with 500 words but other things got in the way. Not really part of the Ubuntu forums, but am a big advocate.

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  5. Winning may not be Trillanes intention...

    In biblical times, building a tower's foundation and not finishing it is ridiculous. In the Philippines, it can get you elected senator!

    Sef

    www.alternation101.blogspot.com

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  6. Why doesn't we just outsource our politicians?
    You know, foreigner companies outsource customer service by using our call centers. So why don't we outsource our politicians. Get them from...where? I heard Sweden is the least corrupt. Let's get their entire congress and president over here pronto.

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