Former President Corazon “Cory” Aquino, for the second time, called on President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to resign.
Aquino was quoted by Inquirer saying, … the most noble — and least disruptive — way out of the moral crisis would be for the President to resign from office.
With due respect, I disagree with the former president. Even if President Arroyo resigns today, the moral crisis will continue and even worsen – much more the nation’s political crisis.
We suffer political trauma. It seems people are getting tired of political rallies, mud-slinging, and personality assassination. We are desperately seeking way out of this situation but still don’t have better way to do it.
Sun Star Cebu editorial observes:
The prevailing national condition indicates a highly frustrated public over the way the nation has been governed by our national leaders with varied political orientations. The average Filipino has long been yearning for a country that is governed with an even hand by leaders who place common welfare above personal interests. Unfortunately, though, very few have the ideals and political will our nation needs.
I don’t think people are no longer listening to Cory, nor I will say that she lost her ‘aura’ to the masses. Cory has been long respected but such respect is not enough for the people to follow her.
The traumatic experience on political rallies and the move to oust the president are the two national baggages we carry. Although I am not against to it as both are democratic exercise but too much dosage of both have become suffocating.
Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) in its statement yesterday, never urge President Arroyo to resign, although CBCP calls Arroyo and her government to fight graft ‘wherever it is found’.
Yesterday, peso rallied to 40.47 to the dollar, moving closer to the eight-year high of 40.40 hit earlier this month. Despite the political noise rising, it will not likely lead to the ouster of the President and also, there’s no clear-cut solution offered by the other sectors calling for the ouster, said Banco de Oro Unibank strategist Jonathan Ravelas, Inquirer reported.
It appears that the political rally last Monday has not gained much impact to business activities although it scares away investors.
Desperate rally groups now even use children. It pains me to see children bringing placards saying “the president is evil”. It pains me more hearing a child “my parents told me” when asked by a reporter why she thinks GMA is evil.
The rally staged by anti-GMA groups last Monday (Feb. 25, 2008) indicated that the Filipino people are no longer enthusiastic on radical moves. On Friday, February 29, the same groups will stage another rally. I doubt it will get the support they expect.
I call for truth to come out. I support the call to prosecute the corrupt but it should be in legal means. But for another people power to force the president to resign? NEVER.