I was watching the Batasan coup take place from Seat #16 of Victory Liner bus #1667 bound for Baguio. But I sure wish I was there at Batasan.
Clearly, former Speaker Jose de Venecia is a man who has had enough. But for all his hectoring in the House floor, there are a lot of people who would, on a whim, say that they have had enough. They have had it up to their chins, their noses, and their foreheads with all the corruption and arrogance in government. They won’t stand for it any longer. There are men out there who are not JDV, but have had enough.
While JDV is the last man who should be doing so, it came across (at least to me) that he was demanding his end of delicadeza from Gloria Arroyo. It sounded like a “You-scratch-my-back-I’ll-scratch-yours” thing. But I have to hand it to JDV for growing the proverbial huevos for speaking out against corruption and to speak for “moral revolution.”
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Speaking of huevos, another man stood up on the House Floor – I think it was in Lectern #3 – and spoke out against corruption. That man is Rep. Dato Arroyo. In his privilege speech, he accused JDV of “ruling Congress like a king.”
I don’t know how many members of Congress have paid tribute to de Venecia in his five terms as Speaker of the House, but I do know of some other people who rule the country like kings and queens. I am, of course, talking about the First Family. Dato Arroyo’s tirade against JDV, to me, came across as nothing short of hypocritical. He’s the last man on the country right now who should demand a change in leadership in the House, much less change in governance.
I’m reminded of a Metallica song:
And it all crashes down
And you break your crown
And you point your finger but there’s no one around
It’s just one thing
To play the king
And the castle’s crumbled and you’re left with just a name
Where’s your crown, King Nothing?
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So is Arroyo’s Presidency now doomed, knowing that her once-staunchest ally is now one of her staunchest critics? I don’t think so: JDV is not exactly a man that the people identify with, much less would stand behind in these trying times. Rep. Prospero Nograles is the perfect choice for Speaker if we’re talking about legitimating Arroyo on face-level.
I just hope that for all this rhetoric of “enough,” we would have “enough” of Nograles soon.