How to move on and remain in a rut
The dog was wagged relentlessly. As more and bigger controversies keep piling up in this benighted country of ours, the brouhaha over the “hero’s burial” of the most despicable president—Ferdinand Marcos, who used his dictatorial power to commit plunder and other unspeakable atrocities—seems to have died down, as expected. Despicable Du30 and the nine equally despicable justices of the Supreme Court must be patting themselves on the back with congratulatory words: “See? We told you so!”
We cannot help thinking that perhaps the reason traffic woes in Metro Manila remain unsolved—nay, continue to worsen—is precisely to keep people away from public rallies and demonstrations that would serve no other purpose but clog traffic more insufferably. Even Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City has already pulled down the blazing signage: “Hindi bayani si Marcos.” The unseen message now seems to read: Hay, naku, let’s move on na lang nga.
Lest we forget, it’s the same school’s barnyard, the Ateneo Law School, that produced and inflicted upon the whole nation the three “brilliant lawyers” (Arturo Brion, Mariano del Castillo and Estela Perlas Bernabe, now Supreme Court justices) who threw common sense out the window by going along with justices bereft of any moral scruples to see how iniquitous their decision to allow Marcos a “hero’s burial” was. It would not be surprising if Ateneo would one day “honor” them with some “outstanding achievement” or such pretentious awards when everyone else shall have forgotten about their “sins” to the Filipino people.
Life in these parts is really full of irreconcilable contradictions. Does anyone still wonder why we are in such a rut?
DANICA R. MORTIZ, MD, firstname.lastname@example.org