(First of two parts)
The emerging calls for the resignation of President Noynoy Aquino stems from the massive outrage over his lack of leadership in the bloody Mamasapano raid that led to the deaths of 44 PNP-SAF troopers, 18 MILF/BIFF fighters, and possibly eight civilians.
While it can be argued that the Palace-created board of inquiry is still ascertaining the truth about the incident, some elements are too glaring to ignore. Among them:
– Aquino broke the PNP chain of command by authorizing suspended PNP Chief Alan Purisima to take charge of the operation and by withholding the information from DILG Secretary Mar Roxas and PNP acting chief Leonardo Espina.
– Aquino was fully and regularly briefed of the operations and approved the flawed plan which included keeping units of the PNP and AFP clueless until the last minute, resulting in disastrous consequences. Purisima and SAF chief Getulio Napenas wouldn’t have dared to hide such a crucial detail from the President.
– The operation was hatched and implemented with the prodding, backing, support and actual participation of American intelligence and military/police operatives. Aquino put the SAF team in danger and risked the Mindanao peace process in accordance with directives from the US government.
– And worse, Aquino is washing his hands on the matter and his handlers are maneuvering a whitewash.
Perhaps it is Aquino’s penchant to cover up his failures which prevents him from showing even an iota of sincerity in his expressions of sympathy for the fallen government troops. He probably feels that showing even a hint of remorse would confirm the widespread suspicion of his guilt.
Still, the question that is asked nowadays is, should the President resign?
I say yes. But not only because of the Fallen 44.
The Mamasapano incident confirmed things that many of us already know: that the President is a US lackey and that he is incompetent, arrogant, and lacks leadership and people skills. Palpak at walang malasakit sa maliliit. Some say his world revolves around his kabarkada, kabarilan at kaklase.
But there is more to it than that.
Whatever his character traits, the truth of the matter is that President Aquino’s presidency is a failed one. It is a presidency whose “Daang Matuwid” has been twisted by DAP and PDAF; where “Inclusive growth” has benefited mainly the exclusive set; where “Public Private Partnership” is nothing but a sweetheart deal for close friends and campaign contributors; and where “Just Peace” amounts to the silence of critics and surrender of rebels.
Meanwhile, pork barrel politics is alive and kicking, political dynasties rule as strongly as ever, monopolies and oligopolies plus the BIR and LGUs suck the blood out of the masses, elections are rigged in favor of the moneyed and powerful while hoodlums in robes continue to hold sway in the corridors of the judiciary.
The Aquino presidency is more about keeping things the way they are, with some minor adjustments. Its like Dinky Soliman’s hair with its streak of neon for effect.
In other words, Aquino’s presidency is a presidency that we don’t need. It is a presidency that we don’t want. It is certainly a presidency that no country deserves.