By Conrado de Quiros
Edwin Lacierda is confident there’s nothing to worry about. That is his reaction to the latest SWS survey that shows the steepest fall in P-Noy’s approval ratings thus far. Released last Monday, the survey gave government a +29 net satisfaction rating, down from +45 last March.
When the sideshow to the criminal trial becomes more eventful than the trial itself, you know that the proceedings are in deep trouble. What disarray has engulfed the Maguindanao massacre trial, in which an unprecedented 194 individuals led by members of the powerful Ampatuan clan are in the dock for the murder of 58 people, 34 of them media workers, in November 2009.
Was it so long ago that we seem to have forgotten the “Hello Garci” scandal that occurred in 2004? Or have we been so snowed under by the pork barrel scam that hardly a peep is heard regarding the man who got away, the man who must feel like the luckiest in the world?
President Aquino’s reply to an American reporter, during his joint press conference with US President Barack Obama, clearly illustrated how much our illustrious leader really cares about media murders and extrajudicial killings in general—zilch.
Since Day 1, President Aquino has portrayed his administration as the opposite of that of his predecessor. His “daang matuwid” brand of governance, he has intoned time and again, is aimed at bringing decency, integrity and the rule of law back into public office, after the widespread corruption and venality that marked the nine-year administration of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.