Reading the address of President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III to the Filipino people on the Supreme Court Decision junking Executive Order Number One was really painful. It was a painful read because it was in Tagalog. But I managed to capture a few salient points that stood out (indicated in italics after translation into English)...
Is it wrong to seek the truth?
Who said it is?
Isn't it my duty to punish people who broke the law?
Who says it isn't? Then again there's the matter of this "amnesty" you granted to "Senator" Antonio Trillanes and Danilo Lim...
We established the "Truth Commission" to close one of the darkest eras of the history of our society.
One of the darkest eras? So are you putting the Arroyo era in the same league as the 20-year dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos? The Japanese occupation? If I am not mistaken, your government has been trumpeting how the Philippines has overtaken India as the outsourcing capital of the world. I don't think the groundwork for that "achievement" had been laid during the last six months of your era.
You, your children, and all your loved ones will benefit from fixing the system where all who have broken the law will be held accountable.
You had it in your power, Mr President, to hold people within your immediate circle of influence accountable for certain incidents of gross negligence that contributed to the preventable loss of eight people's lives last August. I believe the Hong Kong government has indicated how little confidence it has in your ability to "hold people accountable". Perhaps you should start working on your own backyard first.
And besides, last I heard, Filipinos already have the power to influence the sorts of laws and systems that are built in this country. It's called voting for the right people to represent them in Congress and actively engaging them on a routine basis.
While I am here, I will not allow the continued oppression of the Filipino.
Whatever you say Chief. Show us your vision for the Philippines of 2016 and your plan on how to get us there. Then again, I get the feeling this failure to launch of your Executive Order Number One will be your pet scapegoat for a six-year career of non-performance. If that will be the case, then what you assert here is actually true. Filipinos are indeed, an "oppressed" people.