True Essense of Victory
There are two things that made me feel proud on Sunday (March 13, 2008). The first thing is none other than the victory of Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao versus Mexican fighter Juan Manuel Marquez. The now multi-millionaire Pacquiao, who will surely augment his bank accounts, won by split decision— 115-112, 114-113, 112-115. The close split decision surely surprised Pacquiao, but knocked out Marquez, who told the press he felt robbed by the verdict (see PDI’s story).
The second thing, which made me even prouder than any political and sports event happened just recently, is of course the President of the city of Manila who will soon become the Commander in Chief of the country. Do I hear people cheering?
This one is not a decision that came from ring judges; it came from the mouth of a man— and when he spoke the words he uttered them with conviction— who said he will not lift a finger to help his 40-year-old son who got caught in a drug buy-bust operation last Friday.
According to PDI, Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim swore not to send lawyers to defend his son, Manny Santos Lim, who is a businessman. The younger Lim was arrested along with two others in Sta. Cruz, Manila, possessing 100 grams of shabu, or metamphetamine hydrochloride, which has a street price of P600,000.
Known for the moniker “Dirty Harry,” the country’s capital’s highest official, who quit his senatorial post to run for mayor against his predecessor Lito Atienza’s son, said he’d rather see his son rot in jail than to aid injustice
“If he violated the law, let the axe fall where it may. I only help those who are victims of injustice. That’s what I have been fighting for. The law applies to all, that’s my philosophy in life,” Lim to PDI.
He added that his son is already old enough to know the consequences of his actions. “Let him suffer for his actions“He’s 44 years old, he should be ready to face the consequences of his actions. Admitting he and his son had not been in good terms for months, he said: “Let him suffer for his actions.”
While I felt elated by the recent victory of Pacman, who was now automatically promoted to 135-kg boxing category, I was surprised by the statements made by Mayor Lim. I wish this country had more politicians like him, who do not hesitate to send their erring children to jail for committing crimes punishable by law.
Yes, Pacman’s victory temporarily relieved millions of Filipino people from political crisis that had deeply consumed the country today. For sure, he’s multi-million dollar richer now, since he doesn’t just profit from his fight against Marquez, he’s also assured of more high paying promotional jobs— plus a greater opportunity to record more albums. But there’s one thing, no, person, who will really benefit from the recent triumph of th great Pinoy Boxer— it’s none other than that diminutive woman in the palace.
I’m sure of it, and I know many people also know it, that Gloria and her muchacos and muchachas will try their bes this time to associate Pacquiao’s achievement with that of the Arroyo administration. They will advertise that the Pacman’s victory is not just his but also the nation’s and the Arroyo administration’s which has been wrestling against the forces of destabilization.
Pero uunahan ko na sila. Let me quote what they are going to tell the nation now. They will say that Pacman’s fight is also the fight of the Filipino people. It’s also a clash between the nation and those who try to wreak havoc upon. They will say that it’s now time to move on— and to look at Pacquiao as an inspiration— and abandon the lies that were well-entrenched in the minds of the people by the agents of political destabilization who are out to grab power.
At this point in time, Pacquiao is but the best thing for the people in Malacañang. He will be instrumental in bringing the people back to sobriety, to stillness. At least that’s what Gloria’s spin doctors are thinking right now.
But no, they’re wrong. Let me point out that Pacman’s million dollar win will only have a fleeting effect on the political survival of Gloria, although they can stretch the time-line only if they knew how to deal with it.
We may forget Gloria’s sins for some time, but that does not guarantee her safety. The best thing the opposition could do now is to try to counter the Pacman frenzy through the ongoing probe in the Senate. Some opposition leaders have to drag Pacman away from the political limelight so he won’t be used by Gloria’s men for her survival. The opposition should also join the administration politicians in praising the prized boxer; they have to confuse the political maneuver of those in power.
On the other hand, Mayor Lim’s strong statement not to “lift a finger” to help his son is admirable. Not so many politicians today could do such a thing. Not by doting Gloria, who continuously condones her two sons and husband.
Gloria, who is unfortunately the highest-ranking official of the land thanks to Garci, is known for stubbornly covering members of her family from crimes like corruption, Jueteng payola scandal, bribery, smuggling, etc. And she had the guts to tell the people that they never profited from the government! These are not petty crimes. These are unlike buying one kilogram of shabu in a dark alley of the metropolis. These are ipso facto heinous crimes punishable by reclusion perpetua and/or life sentence (plus death had Gloria not abolished the death penalty law).
We cannot expect Gloria to do a Lim— to let the axe of justice fall heavily upon the heads of her relatives. We can only expect her to drive more maneuvers to sweep those sins under her skirt. We have so much politicians like her today; they’re not just trapos, they are half-humans, the kind that don’t have the right to hold on to power a minute longer and to live on Earth a moment longer. They are parasites and monsters who feed on the blood of the people, like vultures who get nourishment from the defenseless and those who cannot protect themselves.
People like her use their position to enrich themselves; they use to law to protect themselves against the whistle blowers who threaten to expose their wrongdoings; they exploit the mechanisms of the law and even the law enforcers to shield them against the truth and to silence those who threaten to expose it.
We need more public servants like Mayor Alfredo Lim.
P.S. Lemme add this message from La Gloria I just read today (Monday, March 17, 2008).
Manny Pacquiao has again brought immense glory to the Flag and Filipino people with his hard fought victory today. Once more, he has inspired us with his big fighting heart, his determination and grit. He is truly one of our nation’s heroes who can unite us even in times of divisiveness. An icon of the masses, Manny Pacquiao mirrors the champ within every Filipino, here and abroad.
I join the Filipino people in savoring this moment of sweet victory and national unity prompted by the courage, discipline and fighting heart of our boxing hero, Manny Pacquiao.